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Goosen and two Australians share third-round lead at Qatar Masters

Goosen and two Australians share third-round lead at Qatar Masters

Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen had three late birdies in a row Saturday to share the third-round lead at the Qatar Masters with Australians Richard Green and Nick O'Hern at 12 under.
Goosen bogeyed three holes after the eighth but then had birdies at Nos. 15-17 to shoot 1-under 71 and total 204. Green also shot a 71 and O'Hern had a 69.
"Yes, it was a tough day today," said Goosen, the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open champion. "I was five shots behind those two and I told my caddy that we needed three birdies to even things out, and I am glad I was able to do that."
Defending champion Henrik Stenson (70) and Edward Michaels (69) of the United States were two shots back. Michaels had an eagle on the par-4 16th hole.
Paul Lawrie (71), Soren Kjeldsen (66) and Peter O'Malley (67) were 9 under.
Green, who double bogeyed the 18th, said wind was a problem.
"It was just unplayable at that point of time," he said. "I will try and block that out of my mind. I will try to be a little more aggressive tomorrow. I am in a much better frame of mind as I head into the last round tomorrow."
Ernie Els, the 2005 champion, had four birdies in a 68 to be equal ninth on 208.
"I was in a similar position after three rounds when I won here," Els said. "Let's see if I can get good rhythm tomorrow in the final round."
Michael Campbell, the 2005 U.S. Open champion, shot a 70 and is tied for 15th at 210.


Updated : 2021-03-02 22:24 GMT+08:00