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Shane Lowry takes healthy lead into final round in Abu Dhabi

Irish golfer Shane Lowry will take a three-shot lead into the final day of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

The Offaly native equalled the best round of the day with a 67, including seven birdies and two bogeys.

South African Richard Sterne is three shots off Lowry in second with Ian Poulter and further two shots back in third position.

Lowry has led the tournament from the off, beginning with a course record equalling ten-under-par 62.

"I feel good about my game," he said after his first round. "I was home for the whole of Christmas and I came out here with my family and rented a house in Dubai.

"It's probably the best pre-season I've ever done, and it showed. I'm just hoping I can keep going."

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