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Cabrera-Bello, Webster tie for 1-shot Qatar lead

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 9:27 am •  Published: January 24, 2014
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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain squandered a two-shot lead in finishing tied with Steve Webster of England on top of the leaderboard heading to the final round of the Qatar Masters on Friday.

Cabrera-Bello shot a 1-over-par 73 and was caught by Webster, who carded 70 at Doha Golf Club for three-round totals of 12-under 204.

They were only one stroke ahead of Adrien Saddier of France, the biggest mover with six birdies in his opening seven holes in a round of 64, South African Thomas Aiken (70) and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen (68) on a packed leaderboard.

Just four shots separated the top 19 players, among them Paul Lawrie (69) at 10 under and looking to become the first three-time Qatar champion, and Sergio Garcia (69) at 9 under. Garcia was runner-up last year with George Coetzee of South Africa (73), who was at 10 under.

Cabrera-Bello, chasing his first win on the European Tour in two years, began the day leading by two on 13 under, and went three shots clear with a birdie at the second hole.

However, he dropped shots on Nos. 6 for a second straight day, 13 and 15.

"I didn't think I played that bad," Cabrera-Bello said. "On the back nine, I didn't quite make the birdie putts as I did yesterday, but overall, I could have won it today.

"I'm a bit disappointed for not keeping a few shots ahead of the pack. I'm still on top of the leaderboard and still people need to try and catch me."

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