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Fowler claims lead in Abu Dhabi

Rickie Fowler (Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler (Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi - Rickie Fowler birdied three of the remaining seven holes in his third round Sunday to break free of a congested leading group and take a two-shot lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Fowler was on 13-under par and in good shape for his fourth victory in nine months.

Sixty of the 73 players to make the cut finished their third rounds Sunday after morning fog disrupted the playing schedule on Friday and Saturday. Joost Luiten eagled No. 18 to move into second place on 11 under, one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy (70), Thomas Pieters (64), Matthew Baldwin (67), Branden Grace (66) and Byeong-Hun An (69).

McIlroy was with Fowler in a five-way tie for the lead on 10 under when play was suspended for darkness on Saturday.

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