Jacquelin, Sato lead Qatar golf event

Raphael Jacquelin fired a flawless seven-birdie 65 for a share of the lead with Japan's Nobuhito Sato after the 3rd round of the ATP Tour's Qatar Masters.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin fired a flawless seven-birdie 65 for a share of the lead with Japan's Nobuhito Sato after the third round of the ATP Tour's Qatar Masters. Sato carded a 67 as the pair finished on 11-under-par 205 at the Doha Golf Club. Great Britain's Jonathan Lomas was a further stroke back in third after a 66 while Germany's Marcel Siem, whose 64 was the lowest score of the day, was among a group of seven tied for fourth at nine-under on 207. At the start of day three of the 2004 Qatar Masters, five shots separated no less than 84 players between one-under and six-under at the top of the leaderboard. World events elsewhere were in people's thoughts, as a minute's silence was held to remember the victims of the terrorist bombings in Madrid. When action got underway again, proud Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez started finding his form on the back nine. Around in a steady 71, he is up to six-under-par, in 18th place. Marcel Siem, who won the Dunhill Championship earlier on this season, sunk a birdie putt at 18. A great round from the young German, 64 equalling the best of the tournament so far, and giving him a share of fourth place at nine-under. Brian Davis was another one of the early-season winners, at the ANZ Championship. A great second at the 12th was one of the highlights of his round. After a 68, the Englishman is also at nine-under. Davis's compatriot Jonathan Lomas shot a 64 in round two. In round three, he kept his momentum going, sinking a long birdie putt at 16 on the way to a 66. The 1996 Czech Open champion is on his own in third place at 10-under. France's Raphael Jacquelin started the tournament with a 73, but has steadily improved since then. Jacquelin lost out to Marcel Siem in the play-off for the Dunhill Championship, but a win will surely come soon if he maintains his form. A round of 65, with seven birdies, left him at 11-under, and gave him a share of the lead. Alongside him at 11-under is Japan's Nobuhito Sato. Sato celebrated his 34th birthday on March 12 and his high spirits clearly carried into the next day. An eagle at the 10th, after going out in 35, seemed to kickstart his round. An exquisite second shot set up a birdie at 15. Back in 32 for a score of 65, Sato is well placed for a first win on the European tour. (AP)