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Golf Martin Kaymer surges clear at Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Martin Kaymer went six strokes clear at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to set a new tournament record.

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Martin Kaymer produced a round of seven under par to move six shots clear at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Saturday.

The German, who is gunning for his fourth triumph at this event, started the day one stroke clear of Thomas Pieters, but completed his round in 65 to move to 20 under - a record for the tournament after 54 holes.

Another blemish-free round put Kaymer within touching distance of the trophy, with the highlight coming on the 11th where he holed from 30 feet.

"Hopefully it's going to be enough - I've really enjoyed the course," he said. "I've had a very solid three days, with only two bogeys in the first round.

"I'm a little bit surprised the way I played but the first round showed me I made the right choice taking it a little bit easy over the winter."

Pieters remains second, despite losing ground with his two-under round, while Alexander Levy and Bernd Wiesberger climbed to joint third with rounds of 67 and 66 respectively.

World number one Rory McIlroy's challenge is waning after a promising start, and the Northern Irishman slipped two places to joint fifth with a one-under round - now eight adrift of Kaymer overall.

"I feel like punching myself," he said. "I'm very disappointed, I just didn't putt well - yesterday or today.

"I hit the ball just as well as I did yesterday and gave myself so many chances but I didn't convert any.

"I was very wasteful today. It looks like I'm playing for second place tomorrow.

"You're always trying to improve and get better and I'm going to have to do something a bit better on the greens to shoot a good number and finish the tournament off well."

McIlroy shares fifth place with Charl Schwartzel and Gary Stal on 12-under.

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