Garcia in contention in Qatar

Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia was looking to go one better than last year as the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters headed for an exciting finish.

Garcia finished joint second at Doha Golf Club 12 months ago, the Spaniard losing out to England's Chris Wood by a single shot after Wood eagled the 72nd hole.

But the 33-year-old had the chance to make amends on Saturday as he moved into a share of the lead on a tightly packed leaderboard thanks to four birdies in five holes around the turn.

Garcia missed a good eagle chance on the opening hole but tapped in for a birdie and then picked up further shots on the seventh, ninth, 10th and 11th to move to 14 under par alongside compatriot Alejandro Canizares and Finland's Mikko Ilonen.

Canizares began the day five shots off the lead but went to the turn in 32 and also carded birdies at the 12th, 14th and 15th as he looked to set a testing clubhouse target.

Ilonen had also made a move through the field with four birdies in a front nine of 32, but a further 11 players were within three shots of the lead, including overnight joint leaders Steve Webster and Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

The final pair were both one under for their rounds after eight holes.

Thorbjorn Olesen briefly made it a four-way tie at the top with a birdie on the 10th, only for Canizares to three-putt the 17th and Garcia to almost simultaneously chip in for a birdie on the 14th.

Canizares repaired the damage with a birdie on the last to complete a superb 65 and set the clubhouse target on 14 under, but Garcia crucially saved par from six feet on the 15th after badly misreading his initial putt.

That left Garcia 15 under with three holes remaining, with Olesen and Ilonen 14 under with four and six holes left respectively.