SHANGHAI — Starting the third round with the lead, Fredrik Jacobson kept his mistakes to a minimum, knocked in long birdie putts on consecutive holes and wound up with 5-under-par 67. It still wasn’t enough to shake a world-class leaderboard at the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International.
The final World Golf Championship of the year is living up to its billing.
“Everyone is going to be pumped up because it’s a great leaderboard going into the final round,” Louis Oosthuizen said. “I think everyone wants that title, so you are going to see some good golf.”
Jacobson broke the 54-hole tournament record and was at 16-under 200, giving him a two-shot lead. Two shots behind was Oosthuizen, a British Open champion at St. Andrews, who had 68.
Joining them in the final group is Adam Scott, who had a birdie-birdie-eagle finish to salvage 69 and was only three behind.
Right behind them were U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy (65) and former world No. 1 Lee Westwood (67) at 12-under 204, with former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (67) and Martin Kaymer (68) another shot back.
Keegan Bradley had to settle for 72 and was seven shots behind.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In San Francisco, Jay Don Blake shot 5-under-par 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Charles Schwab Championship at TPC Harding Park.
Jay Haas shot 67 to join Michael Allen (69) and David Frost (69) at 6 under.
Charles Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman was tied for 16th at 1-over after 72.
Fred Couples, tied with Allen for the second-round lead, shot 74 to drop into a tie for 12th at 1-under.
LPGA TOUR: Ih Shima, Japan, Momoko Ueda had 8-under-par 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Mizuno Classic.
Ueda is at 13-under 131.
Sakura Yokomine was three strokes back after 63 at the Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club.