Rafa Cabrera-Bello drops into tie for lead with Steve Webster in Qatar Masters

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DOHA, Qatar — Rafa Cabrera-Bello squandered a two-shot lead in finishing tied with Steve Webster on top of the leaderboard Friday heading to the final round of the Qatar Masters.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello was up by two entering the third round but shot 73 and is tied with Steve Webster.  OSAMA FAISAL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Rafa Cabrera-Bello was up by two entering the third round but shot 73 and is tied with Steve Webster.

Cabrera-Bello shot 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 are only one stroke ahead of Adrien Saddier, the biggest mover with six birdies in his round of 64, Thomas Aiken (70) and Thorbjorn Olesen (68) on a packed leaderboard.

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 consecutive 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.”

Webster, looking to win for a first time in more than six years, bogeyed the fourth and fifth holes to fall to 8-under then played the rest of the way in 4-under. On the par-5 18th, he pitched to 10 feet for a birdie putt and outright lead but missed.

Ernie Els (71, 2-under) and Luke Donald (74,
1under) couldn’t stay in contention, and U.S. PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner slumped to 3 over following his round of 78 that included seven bogeys and one birdie.

LPGA TOUR: In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Jessica Korda took the second-round lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic, birdieing four of her last seven holes in high wind for 7-under-par 66.

The 20-year-old Korda has an 11-under 135 total on Atlantis Resort’s Ocean Club course.

Paula Creamer, playing alongside Korda, is a stroke back after 65.

Creamer drove left on the first hole and three-putted from 7 feet. She birdied 10 of the last 17 holes.

Lydia Ko, the 16-year-old who shared the first-round lead with Meena Lee, is three strokes behind at 8-under after 70.

Lee had 76 to drop to 2- under.

 
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