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Martin Kaymer leads Poulter & McIlroy in Abu Dhabi

-15 M Kaymer (Ger) -14 I Poulter (Eng), R McIlroy (NI) -13 P Hanson (Swe)
Selected others: -12 C Wood (Eng), S Lowry (Ire) -10 J Donaldson (Wal) -9 S Garcia (Sp), R McGowan (Eng)-6 P Casey (Eng) -1 C Montgomerie (Sco)

Germany's Martin Kaymer
Kaymer, here on the 9th, is chasing his fifth European Tour title

Martin Kaymer will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the Abu Dhabi Championship after carding a third-straight 67 in Saturday's third round.

The 2007 champion fired six birdies to reach 15 under, one clear of England's Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who also had 67s.

Sweden's Peter Hanson was two off the pace while Chris Wood of England finished in the group on 12 under.

Spain's Sergio Garcia slipped back to nine under after a 74.

Garcia's round was hampered by a double-bogey six at the 5th and although he claimed a stroke back at the 13th, he dropped one at the next.

Kaymer started the day two shots behind overnight leader Rick Kulacz and stormed up the leaderboard with three birdies in his opening three holes.


He also birdied the 8th and 9th and although he dropped his fourth shot of the week at the 11th, a birdie at the last gave him the outright lead.

Kaymer has a plate in his foot to hold three broken bones in his foot following a go-karting accident in Scottsdale last summer and the German says he is determined not to have it taken out this year.

"If I have the plate taken out I will need another two to two-and-a-half weeks to recover," he said.

"I don't want to miss tournaments in a Ryder Cup year. But I do seem to be able to play good golf with it still in place.

"There are certain shots where I still have to be careful; when I play with the ball below my feet it hurts a bit.

"But I do like this course. I always seem to play well here because all the tee shots seem to suit my eye."

I didn't make too many mistakes and I've put myself in a great position

Rory McIlroy

Lingering close behind is Poulter, who had six birdies in his third round.

"Before I came here, my one worry was that I was not sinking enough 20-25 foot putts," said Poulter.

"But now I have had two or three of them go in so what was the problem there?

"It was nice to birdie two, three and four but a shame to give one back on five and from there I kept hitting good golf shots, I kept giving myself chances."

McIlroy had three birdies in four holes on the front nine and was delighted to pick up another stroke at the last to move within one shot of Kaymer.

"Today was great and I thought the scoring was very good considering it was quite windy but I am really pleased with a 67," he said.

"I didn't make too many mistakes and I've put myself in a great position... it should be a good battle tomorrow."

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