Perez powers to halfway lead in Saudi Arabia

Tom McKibbin

Tom McKibbin

"The putter's been a little ice cold the last sort of two rounds, but I got it heated back up on the back nine".

Graeme McDowell birdied his final hole to take a one-shot lead after the third round at the Saudi International on Saturday.

"I would have called a time-out if that had been something that was automatic in my brain but it was the last thing I think of out there. It's been a couple years", Green said.

Dustin Johnson is tied-4th on seven under par following a rollercoaster round of 70, which began with four straight birdies but was undermined by three bogeys in four holes between 11 and 14. He loses a shot if he gets a second bad time.

"We had great experiences with him in 2014 at Gleneagles".

A wayward drive on 18 threatened to tarnish a terrific back nine played in Royal Greens' now infamous afternoon Red Sea winds, but the 40-year-old recovered with a sumptuous approach to six-feet from 180-yards out, before making birdie and claim the outright lead at 12-under-par heading into Sunday's final round. I called a time-out after I hit the shot, but the referee was not really willing to give me any kind of room for error at all.

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If McDowell picks up another "bad timing" at any point over the weekend on the Red Sea coast, he will be hit with an immediate one-shot penalty, which could cost him a first European Tour triumph in almost six years and a chance of getting himself in the Ryder Cup mix later this year.

"I am very pleased the with the second round".

"We haven't played together since the Ryder Cup, I'm very happy to play with him tomorrow", he said. I think played with him probably past year, so it's been a while.

"All we did was play to the middle of the greens and just try and take our 2-putt and make par".

Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell stayed in contention for his first European Tour win since 2014 as he added a steady 68 to his opening round 64 to finish two shots off the lead. He had two doubles, four bogeys and just three birdies. I've been hitting it solid and putting the balls in the right position.

England's Ross Fisher is one shot further back, tied for 10th on five under alongside compatriots Jordan Smith and Ian Poulter, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Scotland's Grant Forrest. "It was really pleasing to get a few birdies there because I think the back nine has played hard".

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