Local star Brown leads New Zealand Open by three shot after third round

Mark Brown at the BMW New Zealand Open
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Mark Brown had five birdies in the first nine holes of his third round on Saturday at the BMW New Zealand Open.
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Series: Other Tour

Published: Saturday, November 24, 2012 | 12:48 a.m.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- New Zealand's Mark Brown takes a three-stroke lead into the final round of the BMW New Zealand Open on the PGA Tour of AustralAsia after shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday.

Brown had five birdies on his outward nine to reach 7 under at the turn before coming back to the field with a bogey at No. 17 at the Clearwater Resort.

His three-round total of 5-under 211 puts him three strokes ahead of Australians Peter Wilson and 19-year-old amateur Jake Higginbottom, who shot 71 to maintain his overnight second placing.  Veteran Australian Peter O'Malley had a 68 to move into a share of fourth place.