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Adrien Saddier of France on the par five 18th hole during the third round of the Comercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club on January 24, 2014 in Doha, Qatar. Picture: Kinnaird/Getty Images.

Adrien Saddier of France on the par five 18th hole during the third round of the Comercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club on January 24, 2014 in Doha, Qatar. Picture: Kinnaird/Getty Images.

Adrien Saddier of France on the par five 18th hole during the third round of the Comercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club on January 24, 2014 in Doha, Qatar. Picture: Kinnaird/Getty Images.

FRANCE'S Adrien Saddier, who is playing just his fourth European Tour event as a professional, surged into contention for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters today.

Saddier made the halfway cut at Doha Golf Club with two shots to spare, rounds of 70 and 71 leaving him 10 shots behind halfway leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

However, a brilliant scoring burst saw that deficit slashed to just two shots in the early stages of the third round, the 21-year-old qualifying school graduate racing to the turn in 30 and picking up further shots on the 10th and 12th. Saddier, who was joint sixth in the Nelson Mandela Championship in December, birdied the par-five first before carding seven threes in succession, five of them being birdies and two pars.

For the third day running the world number 720 failed to birdie the par-five ninth, but he did birdie two of his next three holes to move eight under for the round and 11 under for the tournament.

Saddier was unable to find any further birdies on the back nine, but a flawless 64 equalled the lowest score of the week so far and set the clubhouse target at 11 under par.

Paul McGinley shot a level par 72 for an overall total of one over par after his three rounds.

STEWART CINK shot an unblemished 64 to take a one-shot lead after the first day of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

The 40-year-old is searching for his first win since he claimed the Open Championship at Turnberry in 2009 and got off to a solid start in California as he recorded eight birdies to top the leaderboard. Gary Woodland was his nearest challenger as he fired five birdies and an eagle in a 65 as both men played the North Course on the first day.

The only man within four shots of the lead who had played the tougher South Course was another American in Pat Perez who fired a 67 which could hold him in good stead for the rest of the week.

Defending champion and world number one Tiger Woods was also playing the South Course and he had an unspectacular start as he registered a level-par 72.


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