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Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 16 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
Friday, 18 January 2019
Ian Poulter  (Getty Images)
Ian Poulter (Getty Images)

Ian Poulter insisted he has shaken off the jet lag after finishing his third round with a flourish to climb up the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA leaderboard.

The Englishman arrived in Abu Dhabi the night before Wednesday's first round, having set off from Hawaii late on Sunday evening.

Poulter did not let the long journey or 14-hour time difference affect him too much, though, as he produced a spectacular 66 on day one before following that up with a second-round 69.

And after carding three birdies and two bogeys in his first 16 holes on Friday, Poulter closed his third round with a brilliant eagle from 12 feet at the par-five 18th to jump to 12 under par.

That moved him up to third place ahead of the final round, five strokes behind leader Shane Lowry.

Poulter said: "It was a good sleep last night. I haven't felt too bad so I think I've kind of got over most of the jet lag. 

 

"I haven't hit any balls after the round and I haven't done what I would normally do, so I've been resting up a lot and hopefully that helps tomorrow.

"To finish with a three is great, and you know, hopefully I can have a little run up the board tomorrow."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LOWRY, ShaneIRL18-18
2STERNE, RichardRSA18-17
3LUITEN, JoostNED18-15
4OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-14
5KJELDSEN, SørenDEN18-13
T6WARING, PaulENG18-12

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