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Snedeker, Rose Share Lead Into Final Round of Tour Championship

Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose share the lead at 8-under par 202 as the PGA Tour Championship enters its final round.

Snedeker fired a 6-under par 64 yesterday while Rose had a bogey-free 68 in the third round of the match at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Ryan Moore is third at 6-under 204 after a round of 65.

“My first goal for this week is achieved and that is to have a chance going into Sunday,” Snedeker told reporters yesterday. “It should be a lot of fun.”

Rory McIlroy trails by three strokes, one ahead of Tiger Woods. Snedeker, McIlroy or Woods, the only top-five seeds to qualify for the Tour Championship, can secure the FedExCup title and its $10 million bonus by winning today.

“It’s going to be one of the most exciting Sundays of the year,” said McIlroy, who is tied with Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk at 5-under 205.

Woods’s two birdies on the back nine helped him stay in contention. He is tied at 4-under 206 with Bo Van Pelt, Robert Garrigus and Matt Kuchar.

“I’m playing for the ’W,’ and tomorrow I get a great shot at it,” Woods told reporters yesterday. “All the money and awards and all of that stuff, that comes along with winning championships. That’s the way I’ve always looked at it, and right now I’m four back.”

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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