Relaxed Rose targets Abu Dhabi glory

Bet on golfJustin Rose insists he will stay relaxed and hope his putter does the rest after opening up a two-shot lead going into the final round of the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship (Rose 4/7 Tournament Outright In-Play).

The 32-year-old led by one at the halfway stage but has doubled that advantage with just 18 holes to go at the Middle East event.

The Ryder Cup star said prior to the tournament that he felt he was in good form and ready to challenge the likes of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, and the South African-born star has done more than that as the top two players in the world failed to make the cut at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Rose’s main challenge looks like coming from Jamie Donaldson and Danish youngster Thorbjorn Olesen, who are locked together on -10 after both carding 69s on Saturday (Donaldson 5/2 Winner Without Rose).

Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee owns fourth place outright at nine-under par after an excellent 66, with Richie Ramsay, David Howell and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in a tie for fifth on -8.

Australia’s Andrew Dodt shot the joint-lowest round of the day with a 65 to move to seven-under par but will need a low round on Sunday to catch Rose, who made it clear that he will just look to maintain his form over the final 18 holes and stay solid on the greens.

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

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