Date: April 15, 2007
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Kelly leads after ace

Stephen Leaney is just four shots adrift of tournament leader American Jerry Kelly heading into the final round of the Verizon Heritage. Kelly reclaimed the lead after temporarily losing it to South African Ernie Els on day two with a stunning ace on the par-three fourth. At 13 under after three rounds, Kelly leads by one shot from Els and Kevin Na. Leaney could only manage a one-under round of 70 which included three birdies and two bogeys. Leaney was three under through nine holes but dropped a shot on 15 to take his score to nine under and is now in a share of fourth place on the leaderboard. Rod Pampling is a shot further back after firing a consistent two-under round of 69. Pampling could have joined Leaney on nine under if not for a bogey on the eighteenth hole. Canadian Stephen Ames had the round of the day carding a seven under 64 to rocket up the leaderboard. He shot five birdies and an eagle on the par five fifth to take his score from two under to nine under for the tournament and is now in a share of third. Els failed to make inroads into his overnight score with a disappointing even par round. He is in a share of second with Kevin Na who shot a superb 66 to put himself right in the mix on day four. Results from the third round of the Verizon Heritage: -13 Jerry Kelly 63 70 67 -12 Kevin Na 67 68 66, Ernie Els -11 Boo Weekley 67 69 66 -9 Stephen Ames 72 68 64, Zach Johnson 70 68 66, Vaughn Taylor 71 66 67, Sean O&aposHair 69 66 69, Stephen Leaney (Australia) 66 68 70 -8 J.P. Hayes 67 72 66, C Ken Duke 71 67 67, Dean Wilson 69 68 68, Rod Pampling (Australia) 69 67 69 -7 Tom Pernice, 74 67 65, Nick O&aposHern (Australia) 69 71 66, Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 70 66 70 Also: -5 Nathan Green (Australia) 71 66 71 -3 Peter Lonard (Australia) 70 70 70 -2 Mathew Goggin (Australia) 76 67 68, Steve Elkington (Australia) 71 71 69, Mark Hensby (Australia) 71 70 70 E Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 70 73 70