Westwood pleased after going third, Foster shoots up leaderboard at Dubai Desert Classic

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The third day of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic saw low scoring from both Worksop professionals, Lee Westwood moving into third place and Mark Foster shooting up the leaderboard.

Westwood followed his first two rounds of 65 and 68 with a three under par 69 to sit six shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.

Finishing Saturday’s play with back to back birdies to go 14 under for the tournament, the 41-year-old was happy with his first competitive action in six weeks.

“I was pleased with the way I played,” he said.

“For the first week of the year I’m pleased with all aspects of my game.”

“I’ve been competitive in my first week out after six weeks off. Sometimes you can come out and feel you’re hitting the ball well but the scoring’s not there.”

“It’s like a footballer turning out after injury and the commentator might say that he’s not match-fit and that can happen in golf as well where you’re just not scoring fit, ready to get up and down when you need to and make that five-footer when you need to. I’m pleased with that.”

His fellow Worksop export Foster jumped 24 places up the leaderboard into a share of 34th after a 67, his best round of the weekend.

Foster began the tournament with a 73, but followed that with a three under par round on Friday.

He’s seven under going into Sunday’s final round, 13 shots back from Northern Ireland’s McIlroy.

Foster will tee off at 6.01am GMT alongside French duo Raphaël Jacquelin and Grégory Bourdy.

Westwood begins his final round at 8.02 GMT in the final three ball with McIlroy and second placed Morten Ørum Madsen, who is four shots off the lead.