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Grillo: I can get maiden win in Doha

GOLF: Argentine Emiliano Grillo believes he is ready to land his maiden European Tour victory after moving into a four-way tie for the lead after the Qatar Masters third round in Doha.

Grillo, the only member of the leading quartet who managed a bogey-free round, shot a five-under-par 67 for a 13-under aggregate of 203 in Doha.

South African Branden Grace (68), Marc Warren (67) of Scotland and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (68) were also on 203.

"I have a good feeling for tomorrow and I want to try to get my first win," Grillo told reporters. "This is what I play for, this is what I have practised for my entire life.

"I have a great chance of taking my first trophy home. You have to learn first how to win out here and I think I've learned a lot, I think I'm ready."

Warren, Grace and Wiesberger have combined for 10 previous tour wins and will fancy their chances of capturing the first prize in Qatar.

World number two Henrik Stenson's hopes of landing a record fifth win in the Middle East are over after he carded a 71 for 212.

Fifth-ranked Justin Rose (69) was also down the field on 210 while defending champion Sergio Garcia slumped to a 77 for 215.

Disaster strikes in Loeb's comeback

RALLY: Reigning World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier heads into the weekend stages of the Monte-Carlo Rally with victory in his sights following a disastrous final stage for nine-times king Sebastien Loeb.

Loeb, who retired from rallying 15 months ago but is making a one-off guest appearance in the season-opening event, began day two with a 13.3secs cushion over Ogier.

It proved to be a nip-and-tuck affair between Loeb and Ogier over the first four stages of the day - stages three to six overall.

Come the final stage, though, disaster struck for Loeb when he hit a rock in his Citroen DS3 which damaged the left-rear suspension, resulting in him losing six minutes and dropping to 10th.

It means Ogier's nearest challenger heading into day three, and with the prospect of more drama to come given the snowy conditions, is Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.


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