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Stanford's Rodgers leads Western Amateur

Thursday - 8/1/2013, 10:59pm  ET

ROLAND, Ark. (AP) -- Stanford's Patrick Rodgers shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to open a four-shot lead after the third round of stroke-play qualifying in the 111th Western Amateur.

Rodgers, from Avon, Ind., had a 15-under 201 total at The Alotian Club. After the fourth round Friday, the low 16 will advance to match play.

"You just have to play smart," Rodgers said. "The greens have a lot of slope on them, but you can really use that to your advantage, if you aim at the right places. ... The greens are so good that if you just leave yourself underneath the hole, you can make some 10- or 15-footers."

U.S. Public Links champion Jordan Niebrugge was second after a 70. Niebrugge, from Mequon, Wis., plays for Oklahoma State.

"I'm happy," Niebrugge said. "Hit the ball well again today. Missed one green, the second hole, almost chipped it in. One three-putt today when I got on the wrong side of the hole on 16. ... I'm just going to play the golf course," he said. "My coach always tells me to go out and play the golf course. If you beat the golf course, obviously that's under par and you're going to be in good shape."


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