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Nebraska´s Friesen takes narrow 54-hole lead at HSBC New Zealand PGA

3/7/2009

Steve Friesen fired a 3-under-par 69 Saturday to move into first place after 54 holes of the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship

Five players are tied for fourth place, including Americans Ryan Hietala and Craig Bowden, as well as reigning U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee, an 18-year-old from New Zealand.

Three players, including Barnes, shared the 36-hole lead at 9 under and steady winds of 10-20 mph kept the lead from advancing too much further under par at the Clearwater Resort.

Friesen started the day one back but quickly jumped to the lead with four birdies in his opening five holes to set the pace at 12 under.

Australia's 29 players top the list, followed by the United States (23) and New Zealand (7). Canada, England, South Africa and Norway had one each.

Leaderboard – Round 3:

1. Steve Friesen                  USA  69 67 69 205 -11
2. Steve Alker                      NZL  69 70 67 206 -10
    Kurt Barnes                     AUS  64 71 71 206 -10
4. Stephen Dartnall              AUS  72 67 68 207 - 9
    David Smail                     NZL  68 71 68 207 - 9
    Danny Lee (a)                 NZL  71 67 69 207 - 9
    Ryan Hietala                   USA  71 67 69 207 - 9
    Craig Bowden                  USA  69 68 70 207 - 9
9. David McKenzie               AUS  70 71 67 208 - 8
    Brian Stuard                    USA  70 68 70 208 - 8
    Scott Hend                      AUS  68 70 70 208 - 8
    Jason Norris                    AUS  73 65 70 208 - 8
    Josh Geary                      NZL  72 65 71 208 - 8

Source: AP, NZPGA

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