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Gates maintains lead in first Nationwide Tour event

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Nationwide TourQUEENSTOWN, New Zealand – Robert Gates made four straight birdies on the back nine for a 4-under-par 68 that gave him a three-shot lead after Saturday’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-under 200 total in the event sanctioned by the Nationwide and PGA Tour of Australasia.

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

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