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Rose, Stenson become rivals today

RIO DE JANEIRO — Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson know what it's like to play next to each other on a big stage when it's all about flag and the gold prize.

That was two years ago at the Ryder Cup, and they were undefeated as partners. They will be rivals today, playing under their own flag, each pursuing golf's first Olympic gold medal since 1904.

Rose made two eagles in the opening five holes Saturday and did a little shimmy after making a 10-foot par putt at the end for a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Stenson going into the final round — the medal round — at Olympic Golf Course.

After 112 years away, and three days of what amounted to preliminary heats, golf finally gets the feel of being in the Olympics when medals are awarded.

Rose was at 12-under 201, a slim margin over Stenson in any circumstances, even more considering the Swede is a month away from his some of the best golf ever played when he won the British Open at Royal Troon with the lowest 72-hole score in major championship history.

Stenson had another 68, his best moment with a wedge in his hand — but not for a shot he hit.

Walking along the edge of the water on the par-5 10th hole, Stenson spotted a caiman — a small crocodile in these parts — and reached over to poke it with the end of his golf club. He wound up making birdie on that hole, and two birdies later on the back nine kept him within range of Rose.

It's not a two-man race, even if it felt like one.

Marcus Fraser, the leader after the first two rounds, hit into a bunker on four straight holes early on and wound up with only one birdie in his round of 72. He was still alone in third place, though he was four shots behind and his lack of length could be factor in trying to keep pace with Rose and Stenson.

PGA: At Silvis, Ill., Ryan Moore shot two more rounds of 6-under 65 to take the third-round lead in the John Deere Classic, finishing at 9:25 p.m. in nearly dark conditions.

After opening Thursday with a 65, Moore never got on the course Friday in the tournament that finally got back on schedule Saturday when the players raced to finish before dark.

Play was delayed 3 1/2 hours Thursday when an inch of rain fell, then the start was delayed five hours Friday after an overnight storm dumped another 2.4 inches on the soaked course.

U.S. SENIOR OPEN: At Upper Arlington, Ohio, Miguel Angel Jimenez was back on top, this time in the U.S. Senior Open at difficult Scioto County Club.

Jimenez put himself in position to break out of his title funk Saturday, finishing off a 1-under 69 in gusty wind and sheets of rain to take a one-stroke lead. He was in a lot better shape in Scotland and Minnesota in the last two tournaments — and came up empty.