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BOB HOPE CHRYSLER CLASSIC: ROSE BLOWS INTO THE LEAD.



Byline: MARK REINHILLER Staff Writer

PALM DESERT -- Golfers sometimes say playing in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic is a professional golf tournament played each January in California's Coachella Valley. Part of the PGA Tour's early season West Coast Swing, this tournament is well known for its celebrity pro-am, as well as having five daily 18-hole rounds of  is like playing in a dome. Conditions generally are ideal in a warm, desert setting that features little wind.

That theory blew away Friday as a low-pressure system settled and brought strong breezes and unseasonably cool temperatures to all four of the Hope courses.

It didn't seem to bother England-born Justin Rose Justin Peter Rose (born 30 July 1980) is an English professional golfer. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to the United Kingdom at the age of five.

Rose burst to prominence at The Open Championship in 1998.
, who fired a third- round 6-under-par 66 at PGA West The PGA West Stadium Course located in La Quinta, California was designed by Pete Dye has been called the "Western Home of Golf." The course was designed to be Dye's answer to the TPC at Sawgrass.  to grab a two-shot lead over Scott Verplank at 18-under 198.

``I think it's part of playing the West Coast, to be honest with you,'' Rose said. ``But I came prepared. You pack your beanie bean·ie  
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 and you pack your mitts and you come over here.''

Rose began the day holding a share of the lead with Verplank at 12-under 130. An eagle on his second hole -- at No. 11 -- put him at 2-under, who then made the turn at 4-under for the round.

``I was fortunate I got off to a really solid start,'' Rose said. ``Got off to a great tee shot on the 10th hole -- really got my round off and running early, which I guess helped my mindset mind·set or mind-set
n.
1. A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations.

2. An inclination or a habit.
 (to) think positive.''

His round included just one bogey -- the par-4, No. 16 -- with 27 putts.

But a two-shot lead with 36 holes remaining leaves little comfort for Rose, in search of his first PGA Tour victory.

``I think it's important for this tournament that you've just got to really keep your head down,'' he said. ``you play hard all days, until everybody has played every course; it's a bit of a skewed skewed

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 leaderboard lead·er·board  
n.
A board that displays the leaders in a competition.


leaderboard
Noun

a board displaying the current scores of the leading competitors, esp in a golf tournament
, if you like.''

Three players -- Lucas Glover, John Rollins and first-round leader Robert Allenby -- are five shots behind Rose at 13 under. Charley Hoffman is sixth at 12under.

Two-time champion Phil Mickelson faded away from the leaderboard. Poor putting resulted in a 69 for Lefty, who stands at 7-under total, 11 shots behind Rose and tied for 41st.

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Justin Rose, watching his tee shot at No. 2, finished with a 6-under 66 Friday to take a two-shot lead after three rounds.

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