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Martin Kaymer homes in on fourth Abu Dhabi title as Rory McIlroy falters

• Third-round 65 gives US Open champion Kaymer a six-stroke lead
• Poor showing from world No 1 McIlroy leaves him eight strokes adrift

When even the world No1 admits he is playing for second place, it is easy to identify another likely Martin Kaymer procession. Kaymer has previous for this kind of thing. His wire-to-wire success at the US Open was one of the finest performances of last year. He has started the new one with a 20 under par aggregate through 54 holes at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Kaymer’s lead is a surely insurmountable six strokes, in a tournament he has claimed three times. In 2008, for what marked the German’s first European Tour victory, he led from start to finish here. A repeat seems inevitable, with Kaymer also in position to break his own tournament record of 24 under par. That, at least, will provide a cause for final-day interest.

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