Shane Lowry is well placed for a tilt at a fifth win of his professional career after carding a blemish free 67 to lie just one stroke off the lead heading into the final round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Lowry, the winner of the event in 2019, was quickly into a share of the lead after slamming in two birdies on the opening four holes.

After reaching the turn in 34, he added a third birdie on the intimidating 12th hole, draining an 8-footer after a fine approach.

It only got better for the Offaly golfer from there with successive birdies arriving on 15 and 16. He finished with closing pars to sit on 10-under par, good enough for a share of the lead as he walked off the 18th.


"I'm happy with the way I've played overall," Lowry told Sky Sports after his round.

"I'm really happy with the way the week is going. And I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

"It was just a pleasant day out there. It's a nice golf course. It's tricky, a bit of wind blowing. I quite like it. I like the way it fits my eyes. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

"There's one thing on my mind and that's hopefully to be standing here tomorrow with that trophy again.

"It's great for the first tournament of the year to be in contention. There's been plenty of times for my first tournament of the year when I've missed cuts and stuff like that. It's nice to be where I am and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."

The tournament is still led, as it has been after every round, by Scotland's Scott Jamieson, who birdied his final hole to nudge back in front of Lowry and Belgium's Thomas Pieters.

The 38-year-old Scot, whose only win on the European Tour came in 2012, registered five birdies in total with a sole dropped stroke on 14 to reach 54 holes in 11-under par.

Like Lowry, Pieters registered a bogey-free 67 to tie second place.

India's Shubhankar Sharma and Norway's Viktor Hovland sat in a share of fourth place on eight-under, while Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello was a shot further back alongside Englishmen James Morrison and Ian Poulter.

Padraig Harrington crept into the top-20 after a hot-streak on the back nine, birdies on 10, 11, 15 and 17 helping him to a 68 and leaving him on four-under par for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy carded a five-under 67 to reach two-under for the tournament, while world number two Collin Morikawa sat on two-over after a third-round 71.