Dutch golfer Rolf Muntz can almost taste his first career European Tour victory.
After shooting a five-under par 67 on Saturday, Muntz takes a six-stroke lead into the final round of the Qatar Masters golf tournament.
"It was a nice day's work. It always is when things work the way you want to," said Murtz, whose previous best result was runner up at the 1999 Scottish PGA Championship. In that event, Murtz lost a tense playoff to England's Warren Bennett.
Muntz's closest challenger is Australian Stephen Leaney, who shot a 70 yesterday and lurks six strokes back at 214. Twice a winner in Europe during his debut 1998 season, Leaney is now mounting a comeback from an injury he sustained in a charity cricket match in Melbourne last month. Despite being six strokes behind the leader, Leaney feels that he is still in contention, particularly if the difficult windy conditions continue on Sunday.
Argentinean Jose Cocerces, victorious at last week's Dubai Desert Classic, does not appear likely to repeat his success. Cocerces sits ten strokes back at two-over-par 218.
First prize at the Qatar Masters is $125,000.
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