Raphael Cabrera-Bello struggled on Friday morning at The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, but maintains a share of the lead as the tournament moves to a Saturday finish tomorrow. The young Spaniard made only two birdies in the third round at the Doha Golf Course and carded a one over par 73 to retain a piece of the 54-hole lead.
The 29 year-old Spanish golfer seems to be developing a patter of getting off to a good start, but fading down the stretch on the weekends. He shot himself into the lead last week at Abu Dhabi, and ended in a tie for 4th place.
Again this week in Doha, he carded 66-65 in the opening sessions, but couldn’t put it together in the third round.
It’s pretty easy to see by looking at some of the statistics. Cabrera-Bello fell off his Greens-In-Regulation numbers, and left himself putts that were challenging, to say the least.
Steve Webster moved up two spots on Friday into a tie for the lead. Webster didn’t blister the course either, but after a couple of early bogeys, was able to right the ship, and get in the clubhouse under par. The 28 year-old Scot carded a -2 under par 70, and along with Cabrera-Bello has a slim, one-shot lead over the field.
Two of the best rounds of the day were turned in by Frenchman, Adrien Saddier who carded an -8 under par 64 to move up 42 spots, and is one shot out of the lead. At -11 under par, he is tied with Thorbjorn Olesen who shot -4 under 68, and South African, Thomas Aiken who carded a 71 on the day.
The youngster from Norway made some noise last year, and found some popularity on the PGA Tour, but fell off later in the 2013 season. Olesen is the only player at, or near the lead who has kept his score in the 60’s all week.
After making his first cut this season, Race To Dubai Champion, Henrik Stenson fell on hard time Friday. The world’s number three player was two over par on the day, and fell into a tie for 44th place. Stenson had a horrible front nine where he got on the bogey train, and made the turn at 39. He made only two birdies on the day.
John Daly had a horrible day on Friday as well. After getting himself on the leaderboard, Big John fired a five over par 77 to fall into a tie for 44th palce as well.
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