German Kaymer looks good for second Abu Dhabi win
Germany`s Martin Kaymer is on course to win his second Abu Dhabi Championship after taking a one-stroke lead in Saturday`s third round.
Abu Dhabi: Germany`s Martin Kaymer is on course to win his second Abu Dhabi Championship after taking a one-stroke lead in Saturday`s third round.
Kaymer, who won the title two years ago, fired his third successive five-under-par 67 to finish on 201, 15 under.
British pair Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy shared second place on 202 after matching 67s while Swede Peter Hanson (70) was fourth on 203.
The 25-year-old Kaymer, who is seeking the fifth European Tour title of his career, is competing with two metal plates in his left foot -- the legacy of a go-kart crash last year which put him out of action for more than two months.
"I know how this feels because two years ago I was leading as well," he told reporters. "I was leading by six and tomorrow I am only leading by one so it will be nice to shoot another 67."
"I really like this golf course in general and especially coming off such a long break, five to six weeks when I was in America, you arrive feeling motivated and can`t wait to play golf again."
Kaymer said he chatted with Colin Montgomerie at a function on Friday night and the European Ryder Cup captain quizzed him about the state of his foot.
"Colin asked me about my off-season but I let him know my foot was okay so he was excited to learn that," said the German.
"I could have the plates taken out today, as it has healed, but the problem is I would need two to three weeks to recover and at the moment I have a schedule where I can`t take three weeks off."
"I will wait until the middle of the season and have them taken out in September," added Kaymer.
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," said the Northern Irishman.
"I didn`t make too many mistakes and I`ve put myself in a great position ... it should be a good battle tomorrow."
Poulter spoiled a run of three straight birdies when he bogeyed the fifth. But he recovered by picking up more strokes at the eighth, 15th and 18th.
"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, kept giving myself chances," said the Englishman.
"I am happy and it should be good fun tomorrow afternoon with Rory and Martin."
Earlier, the start of play was delayed by more than two hours due to fog.