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Garcia trails leaders at CommercialBank Qatar Masters

Third Round – European Tour – CommercialBank Qatar Masters – Doha Golf Club – Doha, Qatar –

Steve Webster and Rafael Cabrera-Bello share the 54-hole lead at the European Tour’s CommercialBank Qatar Masters at 12-under overall.

Both players have two career European Tour titles – with Bello’s last win at the 2012 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, while Webster’s last triumph was back in 2007.

A number of contenders are in the mix including three players at 11-under including Thorbjorn Olesen and Thomas Aiken. Olesen, 69th in the Official World Golf Rankings, carded his third straight round in the 60s Friday in round three.

George Coetzee is T-6 with a group of players at 10-under and within striking distance with 18 holes play at Doha Golf Club. At T-11 and just four back is 11th-ranked Sergio Garcia and Branden Grace.

Garcia has a string to Top 4 finishes heading into this week.

Not everyone is playing well in Qatar. The top-ranked player in the field – No. 3 Henrik Stenson – is T-44 at 3-under. Also at 3-under is Martin Kaymer, and Thongchai Jaidee.

American John Daly, who was in the Top 10 after a 67-69 start, slipped back with a 77 in round three. He wasn’t alone as 13th-ranked Jason Dufner carded a 78.

Cabrera-Bello was a 33-to-1 pick at Skybet.com to win this tournament, while Webster was listed at 200-1. Look for Garcia and Olensen to make a move in the final round.

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