February 4, 2017 / 4:19 PM / 10 months ago

Garcia moves clear in Dubai

(Reuters) - Sergio Garcia shot a third-round 68 to finish three shots clear of his Ryder Cup team mate Henrik Stenson in the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.

Oct 2, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA; Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts to a putt on the 15th green during the single matches in 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

Spaniard Garcia birdied his 33rd and last hole of a long day after the second round was disrupted by high winds to move to 16 under par and in a strong position to win his 12th European tour title.

“At the end it was very, very dark, I’ll tell you that,” Garcia, 37, told the Tour website.

“I have a chance of winning the Dubai Desert Classic which is a great event. I‘m going to give it my all tomorrow.”

Swede Stenson made six birdies in a sparkling 67, a round matched by Briton Ian Poulter who moved into a tie for third place with Thai Prom Meesawat, two shots adrift of the British Open champion.

Reporting by Ed Osmond; editing by Brian Homewood

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