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Rose blooms in blustery conditions

A birdie on No. 1 got Justin Rose rolling in Round 3. A birdie on No. 1 got Justin Rose rolling in Round 3. (CHRIS CARLSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Justin Rose remembered a day of golf in England that was so cold his hands went numb. So despite a chilly, windy third round in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Thousand Palms, Calif., he was able to get a good grip.

Rose shot a 6-under-par 66 yesterday at PGA West to take a two-stroke lead over Scott Verplank (68).

Rose, who grew up in England, went to 18-under 198 during a round when the weather in the usually warm desert resort area resembled a chilly day at the British Open. Afternoon temperatures dipped into the 40s, with swirling wind adding to the chill. There was even a brief, light rain.

Rose has experienced worse. "I remember not being able to feel my hands, it was that cold," he said. "My dad was caddying for me and I was only 12 or 13 at the time. There was a kid walking down the left rough in tears. He had just had enough with the weather."

Rose's solid round included an eagle and five birdies to go with one bogey.

Bernhard Langer shot a 9-under 63, vaulting him into a tie for 13th at 10 under. He highlighted his round at Bermuda Dunes with an ace.

Phil Mickelson, the 2002 and 2004 Hope champion, had a 69 at the Classic Club and was 7 under.

European -- Phillip Price shot a 7-under 65 (10-under 134) to lead Padraig Harrington (67) by one stroke after the second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship.