Goosen, Green, O'Hern share third-round lead

Updated: January 27, 2007, 7:18 PM ET
Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar -- Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen had three late birdies Saturday to share the third-round lead at the Qatar Masters with Australians Richard Green and Nick O'Hern.

Goosen bogeyed three holes after the eighth but then had birdies at Nos. 15-17 to shoot a 1-under 71 for a 12-under 204. Green also shot 71 and O'Hern had a 69.

"I was five shots behind those two and I told my caddy that we needed three birdies to even things out, and I am glad I was able to do that," said Goosen, the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open champion.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson (70) and Edward Michaels (69) of the United States were two shots back. Michaels had an eagle on the par-4 16th hole.

Paul Lawrie (71), Soren Kjeldsen (66) and Peter O'Malley (67) were 9 under.

Green, who double bogeyed the 18th, said wind was a problem.

"It was just unplayable at that point of time," he said. "I will try and block that out of my mind. I will try to be a little more aggressive tomorrow. I am in a much better frame of mind as I head into the last round tomorrow."

Ernie Els, the 2005 champion, had four birdies in a 68 for a 208 total.

"I was in a similar position after three rounds when I won here," Els said. "Let's see if I can get good rhythm tomorrow in the final round."

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