Quiros takes lead in Qatar
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2009 Qatar Masters | Round Three | 25 Jan 2009
Spain’s Alvaro Quiros produced the tournament’s best round on day three of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and in doing so has opened up a one shot lead at the Doha Golf Club.
The winner of the Portugal Masters towards the end of last season on the European Tour and the Alfred Dunhill Championship in late 2006, 26-year-old Quiros, one of the longest hitters on the European Tour, has moved clear of 36 hole leader Louis Oosthuizen.
Oosthuizen’s three shot lead quickly vanished when he double bogeyed his 5th hole but he fought his way back to retain a chance of winning his first European Tour event.
The Netherland’s Marteen Lafaber and Henrik Stenson are three shots further back but four behind Quiros heading into the final day. Stenson recovered from his very ordinary second round of 76 with 66 today to keep his chances of a second victory in this event alive.
Aaron Baddeley is the best of the Australians in a share of 6th position, although seven shots behind the leader. Brett Rumford struggled with a 73 today to be in 17th position, Rod Pampling slipped from 6th to 31st with a round of 74, Adam Scott is 36th and Scott Strange 62nd.