ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Justin Rose extended his lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Saturday, shooting a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead on Jamie Donaldson and Thorbjorn Olesen.
A day after top-ranked Rory McIlroy and second-ranked Tiger Woods missed the cut, the fifth-ranked Englishman made his third round look easy. After three-putting on the first for a bogey, Rose had a stretch of six birdies over nine holes — including an approach shot on No. 9 that rolled to 4 feet from the hole for birdie. He nearly chipped in on No. 18 and settled for another birdie.
Olesen (69) and Donaldson (69) struggled to make putts early but finished with birdies to close the gap. Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (66) finished with two birdies to move into fourth, three shots behind Rose.
Stallings pulls away
At La Quinta, Calif., Scott Stallings opened a five-stroke lead in the Humana Challenge, holing a 20-foot downhill putt on the par-5 eighth hole for his second eagle of the round.
Stallings shot a 9-under 63 to reach 22-under 194 after three days in perfect conditions in the Coachella Valley. The two-time PGA Tour winner played PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Private Course after opening with a 66 on the Arnold Palmer Private Course — the site of the final round today — and shooting a 65 on Saturday at La Quinta Country Club.
John Rollins, Stallings’ playing partner, was tied for second with Stewart Cink, Roberto Castro, Charles Howell III and Charley Hoffman.
Phil Mickelson scrambled to make the cut by two strokes in his season debut.
Frost out front
At Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii, David Frost of South Africa had a 7-under 65 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
Saturday’s second round did not finish in time for this edition.