Gates leads New Zealand Open after 3 rounds


QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (AP)—American Robert Gates made four straight birdieson the back nine for a 4-under-par 68 that gave him a three-shot lead afterSaturday’s third round of the New Zealand Open.

After a bogey at the par-4 11th, Gates ran in birdie putts on the 12th,13th, 14th and 15th to increase his one-shot overnight lead. He had a 16-under200 total in the event sanctioned by the U.S. Nationwide and PGA Tour ofAustralasia.

Australia’s Andrew Dodt (70) was three shots back in second place, with afurther two strokes to compatriot Michael Curtain (68) in third.

American Kevin Chappell (71) and Australians Mark Hensby (66) and MatthewGriffin (70) were in joint fourth at 9 under, seven strokes off the leader.