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By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Overnight Masters leader Justin Rose started his third round on Saturday with a cloudy birdie to build a two-shot head start at Augusta National, where high winds and thunderstorms predicted the game later in the day.
Rose, who was the first wire-to-wire winner to compete in the Masters since Jordan Spieth in 2015, sent his first tee shot near the fairway bunker before keeping his approach shot at 12 feet and birdie.
This left the 40-year-old Englishman, twice runner-up in the Masters, two shots ahead of competitor Will Zalatoris, former champion Jordan Spieth, second-greatest world champion Justin Thomas and Canadian Corey Conners.
World number 43 Conners started the day five strokes behind Rose but quickly found competition after covering the first seven holes in four under the lid.
Weather forecasts predict a 60% chance that storms will sweep the area around 5:00 p.m. ET (2100 GMT) before disappearing within a few hours.
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