Qatar Masters: Wood eyes first victory
DOHA — England’s Chris Wood produced a spectacular display of golf to establish himself as a serious contender for the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club yesterday.
Looking for his first victory since turning pro in 2008, the 25-year-old stroked a fluent 64 to carry a three-shot advantage over the trio of compatriot Simon Khan, Swede Alexander Noren and New Zealander Michael Campbell into today’s final round.
In near-perfect conditions, Wood, best known for his challenges at the 2008 and 2009 British Open, shot past the front nine in 31, consolidating his position with an eight-foot eagle on the 548-yard 10th.
The six-foot, five-inch player then suffered a hiccup on the 12th, which he bogeyed, before picking up two more shots for a three-round aggregate of 13 under-par 201.
Khan also put himself in the mix with a bogey-free 64 after finding himself in the 31st place at the halfway stage.
The 2010 BMW PGA Championship winner at Wentworth actually held a two-shot lead by the time he was on the 13th hole, but a string of five pars later coupled with Wood’s charge saw him end the day in joint third place.
“It’s been a tough couple years since winning Wentworth, so it’s amazing,” said Khan, who has had just one top-10 finish since then.
“Hopefully I can carry it on tomorrow.” — Sapa-AFP.
LEADERBOARD -15 Chris Wood -12 Simon Khan, Michael Campbell, Alexander Noren -11 Sergio Garcia,