Flawless Noh leads the way

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Noh Seung-yul will take a two-shot lead into the final day at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans after carding his third flawless round of the week.

After producing a bogey-free 65 and 68 on the first two days at TPC Louisiana, the South Korean made the most of the good conditions to shoot a seven-under-par 65 that left him at 18-under 198, two shots better than Keegan Bradley.

The 22-year-old picked up three birdies on the front nine and four on the back to become the first player to go 54 holes without a bogey since the tournament moved to its current venue.

“Pretty good ball striking and a lot of good shots with the wedges,” Noh told reporters. “(I had a) lot of good birdie chances. I still missed (a few) but made a lot of good putts.”

The 2011 PGA Championship winner Bradley lies second after producing a bogey at the par-three ninth in his round of 65 while Robert Streb is at 15 under after a 68, with Andrew Svoboda, Ben Martin and Jeff Overton another shot adrift.

“I’m most proud this week of where I’ve been mentally on the golf course and how calm I’ve felt,” Bradley said. “I love being in this position, a couple back going into Sunday. I’d like to be a couple in the lead, too, but I love chasing.”

England’s Paul Casey produced the round of the day with his 64 seeing him move into tied seventh with Charlie Hoffman at 13 under. Two birdies on the front nine and another six on the back nine saw him shot up the leaderboard.

“I had to visit LA and go do some stuff for the green card (and) I was still in LA Wednesday morning,” he said after struggling with paperwork for his permanent US residency status

“I didn’t even walk the golf course. I just had to go out there and wing it and relax and that’s what I’ve done all week and it’s got me to this point.”

Former US Open winner Retief Goosen is tied 10th after a 68 on Saturday while reigning US Open champion Justin Rose carded a 69 to move to nine under and tied 20th.

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