Fisher and Pieters lead McIlroy by one

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"For me, it's been a really solid week so far", said Fleetwood.

Back in 2015, the then world No 1 recorded the first - and still only - hole-in-one of his professional career, on his way to a runner-up finish behind Gary Stal. His second go did not much further forward, but at least found grass, and he needed a putt from the fringe to make a four.

Rory McIlroy will begin the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship one shot behind co-leaders Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher after producing a sensational 65 on Saturday.

Matt Fitzpatrick admitted he was thinking about shooting a 59 after playing the first 12 holes of his third round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in nine under par.

"I heard on the putting green this morning DJ (Dustin Johnson) shot -8 under Saturday and apparently it was the easiest -8 under the guys have ever seen, but mine was a little bit of a different story, probably the most hard". With 18 holes to play on a course set-up for low scoring-only seven players shot over par on Saturday-as many as 10 men are within five shots of the leaders. I hit a lot of really good iron shots.

Gallacher came out early to the UAE to prepare for both this event and next week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the tournament he won back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. His nine-under round of 63 propelled him up the scoreboard in meteoric style and he now sits just two off the lead with everything to play for in round four.

"It's probably better, in fact, to go somewhere else to try and get rid of the rust".

Pieters, ranked 40th in the world, finished second here in 2016 but missed the cut a year ago.

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Gallacher jumped above Richie Ramsay in the battle to be leading Scot in the $3 million event after the Aberdonian had to settle for a level-par 72 to stay at six-under, leaving him joint-39th.

The former St John's College student will be looking for a better and more consistent game in day three today, a stage where he normally struggles though.

The Northern Irishman could hardly have asked for a better start to his year and for a better bounce-back in his comeback tournament from injury.

"All I thought of was just give myself chances on the green and I felt like I could hole them".

"It's always different trying to go from the range on to the golf course", he said.

Ramsay spoke after the opening two days about how his start to the season had left him feeling confident about winning this year and that is still the case. Previous year I felt like I had a lot of in between clubs a lot of times, but it was more just me not being comfortable taking something off a club or trying to hit one a little bit harder.

"When you look at all the red numbers on the board, not everyone is stiffing shots to do that. We hit driver wherever we can and the rest of it is good ball-striking and going at a couple flags with wedges when you have them".

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