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Downes Up in New Zealand Open

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Australia's Chris Downes eagled the 17th hole for a 3-under-par 69 and a two-stroke lead Saturday after the third round of the New Zealand Open.
 
Downes made a 15-foot putt on the par-5 17th after reaching the green in two with a driver and 7-iron. He finished with a 10-under 206 total on the Auckland Golf Club course.
 
''It was pretty gusty out there, and the greens got bumpy in the afternoon, so I'll definitely take a 69,'' said Downes, celebrating his 23rd birthday.
 
New Zealanders Mahal Pearce (69) and Gareth Paddison (70) were tied for second, and countryman Michael Campbell was three strokes back after a 67. Australia's Wayne Grady (67) and American Darrell Kestner (68) were 6-under.
 

 
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