Knox joins American Kisner in lead in Shanghai

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Posted: Nov 07, 2015 9:59 PM

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Russell Knox birdied the final hole to join Kevin Kisner in the lead after the third round at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament on Sunday.

Knox was the only player who did not complete the third round on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Scot resumed at the par-five 18th at Sheshan and picked up a stroke to card four-under-par 68.

Knox and American Kisner headed a crowded leaderboard at 16-under 200, one stroke ahead of American Dustin Johnson and China's Li Haotong.

Li, 20, whose father is serving as his caddie, is seeking to become the youngest winner of a World Golf Championships event.

American Jordan Spieth, the Masters and U.S. Open champion, was among a trio three shots back after a sparkling 63 as he bids to return to the top of the world rankings above Australia's Jason Day.

Kisner, 31, has finished runner-up three times in the United States this year.

"I will always use that as motivation to win," he told reporters.

"I played good today. The weather was difficult but I hung in there and made some birdies coming in to give myself a chance to be leading."

Knox, ranked 85th in the world, has not won a tournament on the U.S. circuit, where he mostly plays.

(Reporting by Ed Osmond in London and Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris and ......)