Offaly’s Shane Lowry is in a tie for fifth place going into the final round of the prestigious Dubai World Championship after another strong finish left him on -9 for the tournament.
At one point in his round the Esker Hills clubman had moved up as high as third after getting to -4 through eight holes but back to back bogeys around the turn dropped him down the 60 man field.
However for the second round in a row he finished strongly with birdies on 17 and 18 to card a round of four under par 68 to leave himself strongly placed entering the final round.
Shane goes into the final round five shots off the leader Alvaro Quiros of Spain who leads on -14 after a two under par 70, two ahead of Scotland’s Paul Lawrie who shot a -66 to move up to second place.
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen is next on -11 followed by World Number 1 Luke Donald on -10 with three players on -9, Shane Lowry, Peter Hanson and Francesco Molinari.
Rory McIlroy is one of six players a shot further back.