Koepka leads by four in South Korea

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American Brooks Koepka takes a four-shot lead over Ian Poulter and Ian Poulter into the final round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, after scoring a five under 67 for a 13-under-par total, in South Korea on Saturday.

Koepka, who is in search of his fifth PGA Tour victory, played a solid third round by scoring eight straight pars and then birdied the ninth and tenth holes to take the outright lead at 10 under.

He followed that up with three more birdies at the 14th, 17th and 18th to close out a bogey-free round of 5 under 67 and go ahead by ahead by four.

Koepka will take over the World No.1 ranking spot from American Dustin Johnson if he wins or grabs a solo second-place finish.

Second-placed Englishman Poulter and American Piercy scored 68 and 72 respectively to sit four off the pace set by Koepka.

They are followed a shot back at eight under by a group of six players, namely – Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello (65), Australia’s Cameron Smith (67); American’s Chez Reavie (70), Gary Woodland (68), Jamie Lovemark (68) and Pat Perez (68).

Leading scores after CJ Cup third round:

1 USA Brooks Koepka -13 71 65 67 – 203

T2 ENG Ian Poulter -9 70 69 68 – 207
T2 USA Scott Piercy -9 70 65 72 – 207

T4 AUS Cameron Smith -8 74 67 67 – 208
T4 USA Chez Reavie -8 68 70 70 – 208
T4 USA Gary Woodland -8 73 67 68 – 208
T4 USA Jamie Lovemark -8 72 68 68 – 208
T4 USA Pat Perez -8 72 68 68 – 208
T4 ESP Rafael Cabrera Bello -8 73 70 65 – 208

T10 AUS Jason Day -7 73 71 65 – 209
T10 USA Ryan Armour -7 73 67 69 – 209
T10 USA Ted Potter Jr. -7 77 67 65 – 209

T13 USA Brendan Steele -6 74 71 65 – 210
T13 USA J. J. Spaun -6 71 70 69 – 210
T13 ENG Paul Casey -6 71 73 66 – 210
T13 KOR Si-Woo Kim -6 69 73 68 – 210

T17 JPN Hideki Matsuyama -5 71 74 66 – 211
T17 USA J. B. Holmes -5 73 70 68 – 211
T17 USA Keith Mitchell -5 75 69 67 – 211
T17 USA Ryan Palmer -5 72 70 69 – 211

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