George shines in Abu Dhabi

George Coetzee carded a sparkling 65 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on Saturday to vault up the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship leaderboard and into a share of sixth.

At the 18th he boxed a 30-foot putt for eagle, moved to eight-under and set himself up to tackle leaders Tiger Woods and Robert Rock during the final round on Sunday.

Coetzee’s putting was on form, and reflected on his scorecard – an early birdie at the second was followed by a hattrick of birdies from the sixth to the eighth and he turned at four-under for the day.

A birdie at the 10th would be his last move from par until his superb eagle at the par-four 18th, and he went on to sign for 65.

The round took Coetzee an impressive 25 spots up the leaderboard and into a four-way tie for seventh, three strokes shy of Rock and Woods on 11-under.

Joining Coetzee was James Kingston, who carded 69 for the second round and on Saturday shot 67, which secured his share of seventh.

It was apparent that the scoring opportunities were coming on the front nine, and Kingston was there to seize the opportunity. He opened the scoring with a trio of birdies from the second to the fourth before adding a further pair at the seventh and eighth to finish his first loop in just 31 blows.

A drop at the 10th jolted the 46-year-old and his paced slowed – he penciled in a final birdie at the 13th before playing out to a string of pars.

Keith Horne will be pleased with his third-round 68, which took him to a share of 15th and should lead to a decent cheque and a good start to 2012 for him.

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