Warren shot a five-under-par third-round 67 in Doha to join Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo and Bernd Wiesberger at the top of the leaderboard on 13 under.
Warren’s only blemish came as he missed a short putt to bogey the 14th but he responded with back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th to maintain high hopes of a fourth European Tour win. Warren said: “I missed a few greens on the back nine but my short game held it together, with a few good iron shots coming in. Overall it was a really pleasing day.”
Peter Lawrie is eight shots off the lead after a 73 yesterday while Damien McGrane’s 74 left him a further three shots back. Michael Hoey is on the same score after he too hit a 74.
Meanwhile five Irish golfers are included in the 20-strong British & Irish squad to prepare for the biannual Walker Cup clash with the US at Royal Lytham St Annes next September 12 and 13.
This will be the 45th meeting of the sides with the British & Irish bidding to regain the trophy they lost by a 17-9 margin in Southampton, New York in 2013.
A get together for the 20-man squad will be held on 21 and 22 July at Royal Lytham & St Annes and the players will also meet ahead of the Lytham Trophy in May.
The Irish quintet are Gavin Moynihan (The Island), Gary Hurley (West Waterford), Jack Hume (Naas), Paul Dunne (Greystones) and Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass). Moynihan is the only member of the squad with Walker Cup experience having earned two points for the side in 2013. Gary Hurley was the only amateur to make the cut in last year’s Irish Open and also tied for second in the 2014 European Amateur Championship.
Dunne will be remembered for coming through the final qualifying round to quality for last year’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Sharvin features the 2013 Irish Close Championship at Connemara among his list of achievements while Hume is the current holder of the West of Ireland championship. Reigning Irish Amateur Open champion Jamie Savage is also included in the panel.