Kim takes lead at Australian PGA

COOLUM, Australia — K.T. Kim played steadily over the back nine while other challengers fell around him, shooting a bogey-free 5-under 67 today to take a one-stroke lead over Bubba Watson into the final round of the Australian PGA.

Kim, who played for the losing International side at the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne last week, had a 54-hole total of 13-under 203 at the Hyatt Regency resort course.

Watson, who held the lead for part of the third round, double-bogeyed the par-5 15th with bad chips out of the rough to finish with a 69.

Aaron Baddeley was in third place after a 67, three strokes behind. Second-round leader Marcus Fraser (74), Y.E. Yang (70) and David Brandson (67) were tied for fourth, four strokes behind.

Watson had an eventful 18th, pulling his tee shot into the rough, then hitting a shot with his rescue club into the green which ricocheted into a marquee and bounced into rough. But the American got up and down for par to stay within one of Kim.

Robert Allenby moved into a share of the lead before dropping four shots on the last six holes to shoot 71 and was five shots back, tied for seventh with Matthew Giles (68).

Australian Rod Pampling, with a 66, the best round of the day, was tied for ninth, six strokes behind Kim.

A quartet of leading Australian players Greg Norman (69), Jason Day (72), Adam Scott (73) and Stuart Appleby (72) were tied for 13th, seven shots behind.

American Rickie Fowler, making his first appearance as a professional in Australia, shot 70 and was tied for 22nd, nine behind.

British Open champion Darren Clarke had an awful day, shooting 79, prompting him to tweet: "Sometimes golf is easy, sometimes golf is tough but today I was brutal!! lovemyjob." He was 5 over and tied for 61st of 66 golfers who made the cut.

World Cup

At Hainan, China, Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shot a 4-under 68 in alternate-shot play for a share of the lead with Australia after the second round of the World Cup.

McIlroy and McDowell, both from Northern Ireland, matched Australia's Brendan Jones and Richard Green (70) at 13 under on Mission Hills' Blackstone Course.

Scotland's Martin Laird and Stephen Gallacher were a stroke back after a 69. Americans Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar were tied for fourth at 10 under after a 70.

The 28 teams will play a better-ball round today and close with an alternate-shot round Sunday.

South African Open

At Johannesburg, Scotland's Steven O'Hara shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over South Africans Retief Goosen and Merrick Bremner after the second round of the South African Open.

O'Hara was 11 under at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate.

Goosen and Bremner had 68s. Defending champion Ernie Els was 6 under after a 69.

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