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Kelly increases Zurich lead to three shots

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  • Jerry Kelly opens up a three-stroke lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
  • The 42-year-old American recorded a third-round 69 to lead Steve Marino (68)
  • Kelly playing his 200th event since last Tour win at the 2002 Western Open
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(CNN) -- Jerry Kelly, playing his 200th event since his last US Tour win at the 2002 Western Open, opened up a three-stroke lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a third-round 69 on Saturday.

American Jerry Kelly looks poised for his first win in seven years after taking a three-shot lead in New Orleans.

American Jerry Kelly looks poised for his first win in seven years after taking a three-shot lead in New Orleans.

The 42-year-old, who walked out of last week's Verizon Heritage tournament because of flu and a dislocated rib that left him with a painful back, goes into the final day on 13-under-par and has had only dropped two shots in 54 holes.

Steve Marino moved into second place with a 68, yet that ended with a bogey six after he came out of a greenside bunker far too strongly.

Fellow-Americans Charles Howell, John Rollins and Aaron Watkins, Australian Rod Pampling and South Korean Charlie Wi -- the first round leader --are joint third on 207 (nine-under-par).

A pack of seven more players on 208 include South Africa's Rory Sabbatini.

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