Rose stretches Abu Dhabi lead

19 January 2013 23:37:51 GMTPlus10

Justin Rose will take a two-shot lead into the final day of the Abu Dhabi Championship, after finishing the third round 12 under overall.

The 32-year-old carded a four-under-par 68 on the third day after leading overnight, and increased the gap between himself and the rest of the field with a run of five birdies in six holes.

It's a great opportunity in the first tournament of the year but I'm putting no pressure on myself to win.

Justin Rose

Jamie Donaldson and Thorbjorn Olesen also went round in four-under 68 to tie for second place, while Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee carded 66 to lie in fourth place on nine under.

"Things went well throughout the whole day and I really felt in control," said Rose, who is 2.00 to win the tournament.

"I was actually surprised to make three bogeys on a day where I felt so good about my game.

"It's a great opportunity in the first tournament of the year but I'm putting no pressure on myself to win. I just want to keep swinging freely and keep up the work with the putter."

Donaldson is 2.00 to win outright, while Olesen can be backed at 2.00

Meanwhile, world number one Rory McIlroy admitted he was "very disappointed" to miss the cut on Friday after finishing joint 98th in a field of 126.

"It's very disappointing," said the 23-year-old. "You really want to get off to a nice start at the start of the season, but I've got to realise that it is only the start.

"As long as I feel like my game is in good shape heading into Augusta (the US Masters on 11th-14th April) that's all I'm worried about."

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