GOLF: Kaymer extends lead at Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Defending champion Martin Kaymer extended his lead at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to five strokes over Rory McIlroy after shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round on Saturday.

Kaymer, the 2010 PGA Championship winner, birdied three of his last four holes to total 18-under 198 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

"The great thing is I've made only one bogey so far, and that was the first day," Kaymer said. "I played very consistently. I've made a lot of birdies the last three days."

McIlroy finished birdie-eagle for a 65 to move into second place.

David Lynn of England (67) is at 204, two strokes ahead of Race to Dubai leader Charl Schwartzel of South Africa (71) and Alexander Noren of Sweden (67).

U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell struggled with putting and finished with a 71. Paul Casey of England (67) made a hole-in-one at the 12th.

Four-time major winner Phil Mickelson was 3 under at the turn, only to make four bogeys on the back nine. He shot a 72 and trails the leader by 15 strokes. Top-ranked Lee Westwood had a 73 and is tied for 65th.

Mitsubishi Electric Championship

KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii - Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 to maintain a two-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Watson in the Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

The 52-year-old Cochran, coming off a two-win season that broke a nearly 20-year drought, had his second straight bogey-free round to reach 17-under 127, matching Don Pooley's 36-hole record set in 2006.

Watson shot a 65, birdieing the last hole to reach 15 under - the same two-round total he had last year when he led by two strokes.


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