09 March, 2019: Oliver Wilson will take a one stroke lead into the final round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters after carding a three under par round of 69 in testing conditions at Doha Golf Club. Gaganjeet Bhullar played with great discipline but the conditions were tough and three bogeys dented his card. The Indian signed on a 75 in a round that contained no other incident besides the bogeys.
The 2008 Ryder Cup player was the last man in at this week’s tournament and is making the most of his chance in Qatar – reaching a ten under par total with a birdie on the 18th hole.
This is the Englishman’s first 54-hole lead on the European Tour since the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where he went on to secure his first title.
His gain on the last hole saw him pull away from a five-way tie for second place, which includes Nick Cullen, Nacho Elvira, Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Erik van Rooyen – all four of which are bidding for their maiden victory on the European Tour. Lorenzo-Vera enjoyed a stroke of good fortune as his tee shot on the drivable par four 16th hole hit a car and bounced to safety – he then converted his second of three consecutive birdies as he reached nine under par.
Australia’s Jake McLeod made the second hole-in-one of the tournament during the third round, and he also eagled the 18th hole to move to eight under par alongside compatriot Min Woo Lee, Belgium’s Thomas Detry and Anton Karlsson of Sweden.