Chowrasia tied 45th

Doha: Briton Chris Wood will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Qatar Masters, hoping to end an elusive five-year search for his first win on the European Tour. Wood hit eight-under-72 in the third round with an overall total of 15-under.

SSP Chowrasia shot the best score ' three-under ' in the tournament, for an overall total of 212 to lie at tied 45th place. The 25-year-old Wood looked set to have a promising career when in 2008, while still an amateur, he finish tied for fifth place behind Padraig Harrington in the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Since then his progress has been hampered by a series of back complaints caused by the wide swing arc his 6 foot 5 inch tall frame creates.

In 2012 he did record his first professional victory in the 2012 Thailand Open on the Asian Tour but then the injury returned. "Two or three weeks after I won. I had to withdraw from a couple of events as my back went," he said.

"All of a sudden from going on a bit of a high after winning a tournament I had to pick myself up and start again.

"The confidence seemed to be shortlived then but I hope fully I can look back on that win and it will help me in the final round." (Reuters)

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