Jordan, Meronk share the lead in Qatar, Samooja 1 shoots back | golf

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Matthew Jordan and Adrian Meronk share the lead en route to the finals of the Qatar Masters, with Kalle Samooja a shot behind after shooting 6-under 66 on Saturday.

Jordan (70) and Meronk (72) have 54-hole aggregates of 8-under-208 at Doha Golf Club as both seek their first European Tour wins.

The 282nd-place Jordan had 39 front nines but bounced back in an overall “stressful” round with five birdies in the back nine.

“I couldn’t go up and down,” said the Englishman, “but I knew I wasn’t that far off. Luckily everything started to click. It was stressful but always very rewarding when done well.”

Samooja of Finland had a double bogey on the second par 4 but added eight birdies on the best round of the day.

“It was almost a perfect lap,” said Samooja. “I just lost my ball in a palm tree on the second hole and did a double, but other than that I played really, really good golf.”

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Longtime leader Pablo Larrazábal (75) slipped two shots down in a three-way tie in fourth place with compatriot Adrian Otaegui (70) and South African Wilco Nienaber (74).

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