DOHA, Qatar – Oliver Wilson grabbed the sole lead of the Qatar Masters by shooting a 3-under 69 in the third round on Saturday despite making his first bogey of the tournament.
Wilson finished with a birdie on the 18th for a 10-under total of 206, putting him one shot clear of a quartet of players that included second-round leader Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France, who shot 71.
In windy conditions throughout the week, Wilson had managed two flawless rounds before making a bogey on the par-4 fifth hole on Saturday in a round that also included four birdies.
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”It’s really hard to get it close even from the fairways with the wind,” said Wilson, who is looking for his second European Tour title. ”There’s still a long way to go but it’s going in the right direction. It’s nice to be back in the mix. I didn’t play very well today, I struggled a little bit, I didn’t feel comfortable with my swing but I managed to keep it in play and hit some good shots when I needed to.”
Nick Cullen (68), Nacho Elvira (69) and Erik van Rooyen (70) were tied with Lorenzo-Vera at 9 under.
George Coetzee and Justin Harding, who shared the second-round lead with Lorenzo-Vera, fell back into a tie for 10th place after both carded a 73.
Jake McLeod made a hole-in-one on the third hole and finished with an eagle for a 6-under 66 that put him into a tie for sixth.