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Rose on top in Abu Dhabi

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Monday, January 21, 2013

ABU DHABI - Justin Rose consolidated his lead in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Saturday firing a 68 to take a two-stroke advantage into the final round.

The 32-year-old English world No.5 is at 12-under for the tournament after three rounds, one clear of Dane Thorbjorn Olesen and Welshman Jamie Donaldson who both came in with 69s.

Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee was alone at nine under after a 66 with England's David Howell (68), Richie Ramsay of Scotland (67) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain (71) a further shot back.

With tournament favourites Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods absent, having missed the cut, Rose is the top-ranked player left in the field and a win at his first attempt here would be the perfect start to the season for him.

"I guess I strengthened the lead, if you like, one to two shots, I guess that's always good," he said.