Ryder Cup star Justin Rose leads Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by two strokes
Last Updated: 21/01/13 8:06am
Justin Rose: Still the man to catch in Abu Dhabi
England's Justin Rose will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
After Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods both missed the cut, it was overnight leader Rose who brought some star quality to the table with a burst of five birdies in six holes from the fourth putting daylight between himself and the field.
But, having gone to the turn in 32 and led by four at one stage, Rose stuttered on the back nine and needed a birdie at the last to ensure a two-shot advantage after Jamie Donaldson and Thorbjorn Olesen had both made fours at the par five 18th to cut the gap to one.
Third round leaderboard
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-12 J Rose
-10 J Donaldson
-10 T Olesen (Den)
-9 T Jaidee (Tha)
-8 R Ramsay
-8 D Howell
-8 G F-Castano (Spa)
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Rose looked imperious for the first 12 holes with some stellar iron play and a hot putter but he and playing partner Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano were put on the clock on the back nine and it appeared to upset their rhythm.
Rose bogeyed 13 and 17 before a two big blows and a well-executed chip at 18 led to a birdie which ensured a round of 68, a total of 12-under and a little daylight again.
Donaldson and Olesen were also round in four-under 68 to finish in tied second while Thongchai Jaidee carded an excellent six-under 66 to finish three behind.
Welshman Donaldson produced one of the saves of the day after making a par at eight after his ball had got stuck up a palm tree.
Fernandez-Castano (71) produced a superb up-and-down at 18 for a birdie which allowed him to finish in tied fifth with England's David Howell (68) and Scot Richie Ramsay (67).
Three-time Abu Dhabi winner Martin Kaymer missed plenty of chances on the front nine but birdied 14, 16 and 18 to give himself outside hope although he'll have to come from six behind to win here again.