Saturday January 26, 2013
Wood three clear in Qatar
DOHA: Englandís Chris Wood produced a spectacular display of golf to establish himself as a serious contender for the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club yesterday.
Looking for his first victory since turning pro in 2008, the 25-year-old stroked a fluent 64 to carry a three-shot advantage over the trio of compatriot Simon Khan, Swede Alexan-der and New Zealander Michael Campbell into todayís final round.
In near-perfect conditions, Wood, best known for his challenges at the 2008 and 2009 British Open, shot past the front nine in 31, consolidating his position with an eight foot eagle on the 548-yard tenth.
The player then suffered a hiccup on the 12th, which he bogeyed, before picking up two more shots for a three-round aggregate of 13-under 201.
Khan also put himself in the mix with a bogey-free 64 after finding himself in the 31st place at the halfway stage.
Sergio Garcia, who was part of a four-way tie with German Martin Kaymer, Australian Marcus Fraser and Portugalís Ricardo Santos, could only manage a 70 yesterday. ó AFP
201 - Chris Wood (ENG) 67-70-64
204 - Simon Khan (ENG) 67-73-64, Alexander Noren (SWE) 71-67-66, Michael Campbell (NZL) 68-68-68
205 - Brenden Grace (RSA) 70-68-67, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 69-66-70
206 - Jbe Kruger (RSA) 70-68-68, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 68-68-70, George Coetzee (RSA) 69-67-70, Marcus Fraser (AUS) 68-67-71
207 - Steve Webster (ENG) 69-71-67, Anthony Wall (ENG) 66-71-70, Gary Lockerbie (ENG) 67-69-71, Martin Kaymer (GER) 68-67-72
208 - Jason Dufner (USA) 71-70-67, Victor Dubuisson (FRA) 68-72-68, Miko Ilonen (FIN) 71-69-68, Loius Oosthuizen (RSA) 71-69-68, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 70-69-69, Lorenzo Gagli (ITA) 68-71-69, Andreas Harto (DEN) 68-69-71, Garth Mulroy (RSA) 69-68-71
209 - Richard Green (AUS) 68-73-68, Peter Hanson (SWE) 68-73-68, Brett Rumford (AUS) 67-73-68, Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 73-67-69, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP) 69-70-70, Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 70-69-70, Anders Hansen (DEN) 68-71-70, Felipe Aguilar (CHI) 69-67-73 - AFP