Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (SportsNetwork.com) - Craig Lee carded a 3- under 69 on Saturday and finished three rounds two strokes clear of the field at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Lee, who will go for his first European Tour victory on Sunday, stands at 12- under-par 204 through 54 holes.
Phil Mickelson made the cut by one stroke, then fired a 9-under 63 on Saturday to vault into a share of second place at 10-under-par 206. He was joined there by Gaganjeet Bhullar, who shot 6-under 66 in the third round.
Rory McIlroy, a two-time runner-up at this event, was assessed a two-stroke penalty for an illegal drop on the second hole. That turned his 68 into a 70 and dropped him into a share of fourth at minus-9 with Pablo Larrazabal (68).
Miguel Angel Jimenez (67), Thongchai Jaidee (68), Michael Hoey (68), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (73) and Matthew Baldwin (69) are tied for sixth at 8-under 208 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
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