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Watson Takes Lead Into Final Round of Cadillac Championship

March 11 (Bloomberg) -- Bubba Watson takes a three-stroke lead over Justin Rose and Keegan Bradley into the final round of the Cadillac Championship, the second event in this year’s World Golf Championships series.

Watson fired a 5-under 67 yesterday at the TPC Blue Monster Course in Doral, Florida. His 17-under 199 is the best 54-hole score since the tournament moved to this course in 2007.

“Obviously I’m learning how to play it,” Watson told reporters. “I think this year the greens are a little soft, so you can hit balls out of the rough. The course is just soft. It’s very challenging.”

Rose, an Englishman, bogeyed his final hole to shoot a three-under 69, while Bradley of the U.S. had a 6-under 66 to join Rose in second place. Sweden’s Peter Hanson was alone in fourth at 12-under par after a 3-under 69.

Tiger Woods and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland were tied eight strokes off the lead at 9-under 207. Woods and McIlroy are joined by Luke Donald and Germany’s Martin Kaymer, Webb Simpson and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa.

“I never thought I would stand up here and say I’m disappointed with seven under, but today is definitely one of those days,” said McIlroy, who shot a third-round 65.

Woods tallied a 68 after birdies on two of the three final holes, including the 18th.

“I hit a sweet drive down there,” Woods said. “That was nice. I tried to hit the same drive I hit off of 16 and just roasted it down there. I hit it, turned over a little bit with the wind and ended up pretty good.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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