Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 16 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
Saturday, 19 January 2019
Richard Sterne  (Getty Images)
Richard Sterne (Getty Images)

Richard Sterne found himself in possession of a three-shot lead as he reached the turn on day four of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA after making a dream start to his final round.

The South African entered the day three strokes off the pace set by Shane Lowry but he carded six birdies and a single bogey in his first nine holes on Saturday to get to 19 under par.

Sterne got off to a lightning-quick start, making birdies at the first three holes to join Lowry at the top of the leaderboard.

The Irishman regained the outright lead after sending his tee-shot to within three feet of the cup at the short fourth before tapping in for a birdie to get to 18 under.

But there was a two-shot swing at the fifth as Sterne chipped in from just off the green for a birdie and Lowry missed his par putt to hand a one-shot advantage to his opponent.

Sterne was not in front for long, though, as he three-putted on the sixth green to drop his first shot of the day and Lowry made his par putt to remain at 17 under.

But six-time European Tour winner Sterne bounced back with a birdie at the eighth before another two-shot swing at the ninth put him three strokes ahead after Lowry put his tee-shot into the water.

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Tournament Leaderboard

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

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