Bubba Watson matched Paul Casey`s course-record 63 to take a two-shot lead in to the final round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
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On a day of low scoring where only two players failed to break par, Watson posted nine birdies during a blemish-free round to equal the course record Casey had set just minutes earlier.
With the threat of thunderstorms seeing third round tee times brought forward at the Albany, Watson opened his round with back-to-back birdies before posting an eagle-two at the fourth by holing his 165-yard second shot from the middle of the fairway.
A gain at the par-five sixth was followed by five more over a seven-hole stretch across the back nine, before narrowly missing out on another birdie from the edge of the green at the last.
"The key for me around this golf course, I think for everybody as we`re seeing, when there`s no wind light wind we can score," Watson said. "We`re all good players, don`t get me wrong. We`re all top 50 in the world. But with no wind, this golf course is a little bit easier to make birdies."
Casey briefly flirted with the possibility of posting a rare "59 round" when consecutive gains from the 12th took him nine under for the day with five holes still to play, but the Englishman couldn`t make any further inroads.
On a bunched leaderboard where the top six players are split by just four strokes, Patrick Reed bounced back from a slow start to post three straight gains and an eagle-three after the turn to card a bogey-free 66, putting him tied-third with Chris Kirk.
World No 1 Jordan Spieth, who held a share of the halfway lead, lies four off the pace alongside fellow joint-overnight leader Bill Haas after a four-under 68, with Brooks Kopeka sitting a further stroke off the pace.
A run of four straight gains before the turn helped Rickie Fowler to a seven-under 65 to join Adam Scott and Zach Johnson six shots back, while a triple-bogey at the last from Justin Rose leaves him third-bottom of the exclusive 18-man field.
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