Darren Fichardt used all of his experience in very difficult windy conditions to card a 70 and open up a one shot lead heading into the final round of the 2021 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The South African won this event in 2003 and has racked up four other victories in his 398 European Tour appearances before this week at Education City Golf Club.

The venue may be a little further in land than Doha Golf Club where Fichardt lifted the Mother of Pearl trophy 18 years ago, but the windy conditions are similar and the 45-year old moved to seven under to lead the way by one shot from England’s Jack Senior, who carded a level par 71.

On a day when just four players were under par, India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar carded a 68 to move up 28 places and sit at five under, a shot clear of Welshman Jamie Donaldson, Dane Joachim B. Hansen and Frenchman Antoine Rozner.

The difficulty of the conditions over days two and three was shown with the lead having not moved from seven under after day one.

Fichardt claimed his last victory at the 2017 Joburg Open but lost his card in 2019 only to claim it straight back at the Qualifying School, and he is now on the verge of European Tour win number six, just 11 days short of the 20th anniversary of his first.

More to follow.

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