Golf

Published: Friday January 24, 2014 MYT 11:42:02 PM
Updated: Friday January 24, 2014 MYT 11:42:33 PM

Cabrera-Bello, Webster tied for lead in Qatar

(Reuters) - Rafael Cabrera-Bello will head into the final day of the Qatar Masters tied for the lead with Britain's Steve Webster after the Spaniard let a two-shot advantage slip in Friday's third round.

Cabrera-Bello, who also led last week's Abu Dhabi Championship after two rounds before finishing fourth, dropped two shots in the last six holes to card a 73.

That opened the door for Webster, who got off to a poor start and was two over after five holes but rallied to hit the remaining 13 in four under, carding 70 to join Cabrera-Bello on 12 under par.

Frenchman Adrien Saddier, who hit a third-round 64, Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and South Africa's Thomas Aiken were a shot adrift of the leaders.

"It was a tougher day today, things did not go as great as they have been so far," Cabrera-Bello said on the European Tour website (www.europeantour.com).

"I still feel as though I played okay, I just did not manage to score as well. It was tough with the wind, I didn't quite make the putts and struggled here and there with my chipping, but overall I got the not-so-good round out of the way and I am still in a fantastic position going into Saturday."

Webster, who became the first player to start a European Tour event with an albatross on Wednesday, boosted his chances of a third tour title after recovering from an early stumble.

"I hit it really well on the range and I think I got a bit cocky on the course and hit so many bad shots the first six or seven holes; it was like I had never played golf before," he said.

(Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ed Osmond)

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