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The perfect birthday present? Max Williams takes one shot lead into final round of Mena Golf Tour Championship

Max Williams could give himself the perfect birthday present after his second 68 ensured the Englishman will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the 2016 Mena Golf Tour Championship.
Successive rounds of 68 means Max Williams leads going into Tuesday's final round. Courtest Mena Golf Tour
Successive rounds of 68 means Max Williams leads going into Tuesday's final round. Courtest Mena Golf Tour

Max Williams could give himself the perfect birthday present after his second 68 at the Muscat Hills Golf and Country Club ensured the Englishman will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the 2016 Mena Golf Tour Championship.

Williams, who turns 26 on Tuesday, also shot four-under par during Sunday’s opening round and is seeking to win his first Mena Tour title.

“I am hitting the ball well, probably the best I have struck for a long time,” Williams said. “I’m feeling quite comfortable out there on the course which is in great condition. I would say everything is falling into place.

“Going into the final day with a lead is a new situation for me. I really don’t what to expect. I’ll see how things unfold. All I know is the sun will still come out tomorrow.”

Three players occupy joint-second behind Williams, with Englishmen Daniel Owen and Joe Heraty, and South Africa’s Tyler Hogarty a shot further back.

“I was a bit erratic off the tee, but my approaches were good and I managed to hole some good putts,” Hogarty said.

UAE-based teenager Rahyan Thomas, who at 16-years-old made waves for winning his first Mena Tour title at the Dubai Creek Open in June, shares eighth with fellow amateur Benjamin David on four-under par.

“I started off really well,” Thomas said. “Making four birdies in a row, but three-putted three times on the back nine and that pretty much sums my up-and-down round.”

Morocco’s Faycal Serghini leads the Mena Division for professionals on five-under par, two shots clear of compatriot Younes El Hassani, while Saudi Arabia’s Othman Al Mulla kept up his dominance in the region’s amateur division after posting a 71 to build a healthy six-shot lead over his compatriot Khaled Attieh.

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Updated: October 31, 2016 04:00 AM