Qatar Masters: Wood eyes first vic­tory

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

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,

Bran­den Grace

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