Webster, Cabrera-Bello lead in Doha

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Steve Webster took a share of the lead ahead of the final round of the Qatar Masters in Doha.

On a day where low scores were hard to get, the Englishman joined overnight leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello at the top after the Spaniard shot a one-over 73.

Webster started his round on a wobble as he dropped two shots on the fourth and fifth holes, but did well to recover.

“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.”

Cabrera-Bello was two clear of the field at the start of play but failed to play with the same consistency he enjoyed on the opening two rounds.

While Webster has now shot back-to-back 70s, the star player on the third day was French rookie Adrien Saddier who carded an eight-under 64 to move 42 places up the leaderboard.

Saddier is now tied for fourth at 11-under-par along with Denmark’s Thorbjorn Oleson (68) and South African Thomas Aiken who completed his round in 70.

As for Cabrera-Bello, who would consider himself rather fortunate to still be in the hunt after his poorest round of the tournament, he said that the stage is set for an epic final day’s play.

“It’s been a tougher day today,” he said.

“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.”

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