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Team Drysdale targeting long awaited win

Team Drysdale targeting long awaited win

David Drysdale and wife Vicky have formed one of the European Tour's most famous teams and they will head into the final round of the 2020 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters looking for victory at the 498th attempt.

David and Vicky Drysdale

David played his first European Tour event in 1999 and while Vicky may have only been on the bag for the past few seasons, they have formed a formidable pairing and achieved David's third runner up finish at the 2019 Alfred Dunhill Championship.

A bogey free 64 on day three at Education City Golf Club moved them within one of 54 hole leader Jorge Campillo and a long awaited victory would be the perfect present for Vicky, who celebrated her birthday this week.

"It was good fun," said David. "It's my birthday in a couple of weeks so we're getting older together but we're enjoying each other's company on the golf course.

"The first couple of seasons worked very well. I haven't played the best the last 14 months or so, I've been grinding away, but we haven't fallen out yet."

A stunning second to tap-in range at the 17th put the icing on a wonderful round, and Drysdale was delighted with his performance.

"I was pretty aggressive off the tee (at the 17th), I hit driver, most guys would hit three wood off there," he said. "Got it down on a good number, 160 into the breeze, and it was perfect - four inches short. That's the sort of birdie putt you like.

"I started quite well, I was four under through six holes and I just holed a couple of nice putts. In the middle of the round I struggled a wee bit and hit a lot to 40 or 50 feet but managed to two putt them and move on and capitalise on my good shots."

Jeff Winther is alongside Drysdale at 13 under as he too looks for a maiden victory in his 96th European Tour appearance.

The Dane has graduated from the European Challenge Tour and come through the Qualifying School three times as he looks to establish himself on Tour, and he insists he will be treating day four in the desert like any other round.

"I'll keep doing the same," he said. "I'm going to try not to think about it and it'll be exciting. I look forward to it.

"We had good fun, good playing partners are always good to have and you can lean on your caddie as well. We just enjoyed it and played very well. I putted very well as well and that's a big factor.

"It's wide and I like it. I need a bit of help off the tee at the moment but otherwise than that I really like it. The greenkeepers have done very well this week, it's phenomenal to putt on."

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