Rookie from France makes heads turn at Qatar Masters


Sat, Jan 25, 2014 - Page 20

French rookie Adrien Saddier caught the eye of the golfing world with a remarkable eight-under 64 yesterday to put himself in contention for a decent finish at the Qatar Masters.

The 21-year-old, who joined the professional ranks in July last year, produced a bogey-free round to keep the heat on overnight leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain and the chasing pack of George Coetzee, Steve Webster and Johan Carlsson, who were all yet to start their third rounds by the time Saddier finished.

Saddier, who finished tied sixth at the Nelson Mandela Championship in South Africa last month, blazed six birdies over the front nine and picked up two more shots for a three-round aggregate of 11-under 205.

As of press time, Cabrera-Bello shared the lead at 12-under with Britain’s Webster, who shot a two-under 70 yesterday.

Saddier was in a tie for third place with Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and South Africa’s Thomas Aiken.

Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay shot a four-under 68 to move into a five-way tie for sixth place, with a three-round aggregate of 10-under 206.

He tied with Paul Lawrie of Scotland, Mikko Ilonen of Finland, Sweden’s Carlsson and South Africa’s Coetzee.

Sergio Garcia followed with a nine-under 207, after shooting a three-under-par 69 yesterday.

Additional reporting by staff writer