Qatar Masters: Steve Webster joint leader with Rafa Cabrera-Bello in Doha
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 25/01/14 8:33am
Steve Webster: Joint leader in Doha
Steve Webster joined Rafa Cabrera-Bello as joint-leader of the Qatar Masters as both men finished on 12-under after the third round in Doha.
The Spaniard held a two-shot lead overnight but returned a one-over round of 73 to drop back to 12-under after three rounds - a score that Webster matched after his two-under round of 70.
French rookie Adrien Saddier shot a brilliant eight-under round of 64, on a day when scoring was largely harder, to rocket up the leaderboard into a tie for third on 11-under.
Also at that mark in third are Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen who shot 68 and South African Thomas Aiken after he signed for a round of 70.
Third round leaders:
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-12 S Webster
-12 R Cabrera-Bello (Spn)
-11 A Saddier (Fra)
-11 T Olesen (Den)
-11 T Aiken (Rsa)
Challenge Tour graduate Johan Carlsson shot level par to remain in the hunt in tied sixth alongside Paul Lawrie amongst others, while Sergio Garcia is just three shots off the lead on nine-under.
Webster's 70 turned out to be a fine round after his started poorly with two dropped shots and a host of struggles on his opening six holes of the round, but is still in with a chance of a first title since the 2007 Portugal Masters.
"That wasn't a pretty start, you were watching it and it was bad enough playing it! Webster told Sky Sports after his round.
"I hit it really good on the range and may have got a bit cocky on the course, I hit so many bad shots on the first six or holes - those first six were like I'd never played golf before.
"They tucked the pins away a bit today so especially when you're struggling it's hard even just to hit the greens. The set-up has been good all week but you've got to hit those fairways to have a chance.
"I've swung the club well apart from the first six holes today so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Cabrera-Bello was remaining positive despite letting a two-shot lead slip, and said plenty could still happen on the final day on Saturday.
"It's been a tougher day today," said the Spaniard. "Things didn't go as great as they have been going so far. I still think I played OK but didn't manage to score as good and I left a few shots out there.
"But overall I hope I've got the not-so-good round out of the way and I'm still in a great position so I'm looking forward to tomorrow - anything can happen around this course so it's going to be very interesting."