Paul Lawrie takes lead into final round of Qatar Masters in Doha February 04 2012

Paul Lawrie  shoots a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over Nicolas Colsaerts into the final round of the Qatar Masters in Doha. He had to recover from a penalty for the silly mistake of dropping his ball on a marker, but still managed to lead the field at the end of play at -8 under par for the 54 hole tournament. Paul said of his round; "I played very good again, hitting it beautifully tee to green.  Anytime you play as solidly as that and hit a few putts in there it's a fair chance you are going to play well." The ball dropping incident  was a similar mistake to that made by Ian Poulter during a two-way playoff at the Dubai World Championship in 2010, when his penalty essentially gave the win to Robert Karlsson of Sweden. Lawrie seemed a little bemused by the ruling, commenting; "I didn't see it and no one else saw it so you have to take the penalty and kind of kick on. It's one of these freak, stupid rules, it's like Poulter in Dubai, the same thing. It's one of those many rules that could do with changing a wee bit."   Getty Images     Nicolas Colsaerts is just one shot back and feeling very comfortable with his game; "I am playing very well even though I think I could have hit closer to some flags. "I managed quite well, kept the ball in play and didn't do anything stupid." John  Daly, the clubhouse leader when play was suspended struggled all day and finished tied for 17th place at -4 under par. He was pretty philosophical about his days play; "I didn't hit the tee-balls as good as I did Thursday. But I hung in there. Some of those bogeys I made could have been doubles or triples just as easy." Getty Images