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Power slips back, Lowry and Harrington make a move on Saturday

While he may have improved on his second-round scoring, Seamus Power has dropped further back in the standings at the HSBC Championship.

Power shot a third round of 70 for a round score of -2 in Abu Dhabi, improving his overall score to -7.

While he began the round sharing 22nd, he has now drifted to a tie for 26th as the field shifted on day three.

The Touraneena man avoided any dropped shots this morning but could not recapture the form that sent him to the top end of the leaderboard on Thursday. He has now birdied the fifth twice this weekend and managed the same on the 11th, while the wayward shots that crept into his game yesterday were put to the wayside.

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The West Waterford man is going to need a big round of golf on Sunday if he is to put himself at the top end of the leaderboard by the end of play.

Seamus' potential Ryder Cup teammate Shane Lowry shot the lights out today with a 66 sending him to a tie for the lead with Minwoo Lee. The pair are however just one shot clear of a strong chasing pack with Francesco Molinari, Grant Forrest, Victor Perez and Sebastien Soderberg all on -12.

The surprise package so far this weekend has been the veteran Padraig Harrington. The Dubliner was electric on Saturday, shooting 64 for 8 under. He climbed to -11 overall and is now sitting on a share of seventh, with a genuine chance of contending on Sunday.

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