Late birdie gives Harrington lead in Abu Dhabi

Padraig Harrington today carded a birdie on the 18th to move one shot clear at the top of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship leaderboard going into the final round.

Padraig Harrington today carded a birdie on the 18th to move one shot clear at the top of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship leaderboard going into the final round.

The Irishman started the third round one behind playing partner and overnight leader Phillip Price and it took until the final hole before he snatched sole leadership with a four-under-par 68 to go 13 under overall.

Welshman Price had made a nervy start as he carded bogeys on the first and third and two more on the 14th and 16th meant he dropped down the leaderboard.

But a birdie on the 18th ensured he remains in contention with an 11-under-par 205.

Swede Peter Hanson carded the best round of the day with a six-under-par 66 and joins Miguel Angel Jimenez and Shiv Kapur on 12 under.

Paul Casey enjoyed his best round of the tournament so far to put himself back in contention.

The Englishman did not drop a shot in carding five birdies for a five-under-par 67 and is three shots off the lead with a 10-under 206 overall.

Tournament debutant Retief Goosen made up for a disappointing display on Friday to join Casey on 10 under after carding six birdies and two bogeys for a four-under-par 68.

Defending champion Chris DiMarco enjoyed his best display yet to move onto a nine-under-par 207 overall.

The 38-year-old had made an indifferent start after his first nine holes, carding a birdie on the ninth and making par on the rest, but three birdies on the back nine ensured he shot a four-under 68 to remain in touch with the leading pack.

Meanwhile, Nick Dougherty slipped down the leaderboard after managing just a two-under 70.

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