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Rose in position to bury collapse

Justin Rose, four up at the AT&T National, blew a three-shot lead last week at the Travelers Championship.

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Justin Rose, four up at the AT&T National, blew a three-shot lead last week at the Travelers Championship.

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Justin Rose asked himself some tough, honest questions last week after he blew a three-shot lead in the final round. He hopes to find the right answers in the AT&T National.

With some big par saves in the middle of his round and one last birdie toward the end, Rose shot 3-under 67 on Saturday to build a four-shot lead at 10-under 200 over Carl Pettersson (65) and Charlie Wi (70) going into the final round at tough Aronimink Golf Club.

That's one shot more than the lead he blew last week in the Travelers Championship, a bad day Rose is determined not to turn into a bad memory.

"If you're sitting at the top of the leaderboard, it seems like it's yours to lose," Rose said. "That's why a golf tournament is 72 holes. The lead really doesn't mean much until you close it out. I just know that (today) I have a great opportunity again, but I'm more excited about the opportunity of putting into play the lessons I've learned in Hartford than actually going out and winning the golf tournament."

Tiger Woods, again out of the mix on a Sunday, recovered from an atrocious start with an even 70, putting him 13 shots behind.

This will be his seventh tournament without a victory on the PGA Tour, his longest drought since he went 16 straight tournaments in 2004 when he was going through a swing change.

Rose was atop the leaderboard for the sixth time in his past eight rounds. Now he gets to try something new: Despite his great run, Rose has never won a PGA Tour event when leading after 54 holes.

The test figures to come as much from Aronimink as the players behind him.

"It's tougher to go low around here," said Rose, one of only two players to have broken par all three rounds. "It's easier to go higher. It's an interesting test. But it suits good golf."

LPGA: It doesn't sound as if Christina Kim intends to play it safe in the final round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

"I'm out for blood, but not necessarily anybody's blood — other than the golf course's," she said after erasing all but one shot of a five-stroke deficit to leader Na Yeon Choi late in the third round.

Choi had a hole-in-one at the 131-yard eighth hole and shot 3-under 68 to get to 14-under 199. She was five shots ahead with five holes left before things began to unravel.

Choi bogeyed 14 and 15, and Kim came roaring back. Playing in the next-to-last foursome, Kim had birdie at the 15th to cut the gap to two shots then rolled in an 8-footer for birdie on the closing hole.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome rallied with 67 to get to 4 under and a tie for 29th.

CHAMPIONS: John Cook shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Russ Cochran in the inaugural Montreal Championship in Blainville, Quebec. Cochran followed his opening 65 with 68.

Rose in position to bury collapse 07/03/10 [Last modified: Sunday, July 4, 2010 6:15pm]
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