Rolex Series

Day three digest: 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Everything you need to know from day three of the first DP World Tour event of 2022.

Yas Links

Scott enjoyed a fast finish, Shane failed to read the signs, Thomas had a laid-back day and they were holing out from everywhere on day three of the 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Here is everything you need to know from Saturday at Yas Links at the first Rolex Series event of the season.

Jamieson stays ahead

Scott Jamieson has played three very different rounds of golf but they have all ended in the same result. An opening 63 in kind conditions was a class above before a second-round 74 in high winds showed battling qualities. In round three, he was finally knocked off top spot by global stars in Shane Lowry and Thomas Pieters and the Scotsman responded with two late birdies to once again sit atop the leaderboard. If he can maintain that position after 18 more holes, his life could change forever. "It would be massive, a game-changer to win a tournament of this stature," he said. "There's definitely been some great champions here and there's an awful long way to go."

All signs point to par for Lowry

Golfers use many markers on a course: signs, TV cameras, trees, spectator stands, you name it. But it helps if caddie and player are aiming for the same thing. That was not the case on the last for Lowry. "Myself and Bo, we were aiming at the HSBC sign but his one was 30 yards right of the one I was looking at," he said. "New course, I thought I hit a perfect shot. I couldn't believe it came down where it did. It was a bad mistake to make because we shouldn't be doing it in that situation." Despite being out of position, Lowry made his par and will go into day four just one off the lead.

No putter required

What a shot from Romain Langasque - the eagle has landed.

Anything you can do.......

Hole-out eagle, you say? Sami Välimäki was making them from 191 yards in the nasty rough.

Spanish hands

Some clichés are clichés for a reason and Spanish hands is one of them. Just enjoy this from Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Abu Dhabi dreaming

There was a lengthy delay on the second as the final groups got under way and Pieters decided to take the opportunity to have a relax. Can't blame him.

Thomas Pieters

When you know you've got away with one........

The wry smile says it all. Daniel Gavins hit his putt so hard it would have been measured in yards rather than feet - but there are no pictures on the scorecard.

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