Lowry extends Abu Dhabi lead to 3 shots

(AP/Martin Dokoupil)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Shane Lowry kept up his brilliant scoring on the par-3 holes at the Abu Dhabi Championship in shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round to extend his lead to three strokes on Friday.

For the third straight day, the Irishman made birdie on the each of the short Nos. 7, 12, and 15 holes to strengthen his bid for a first victory in 3 1/2 years. His last win was in 2015 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

"I've been hitting some lovely iron shots," said Lowry, who was on 17-under 199 overall. "It just so happens that I've hit them on the par threes."

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