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Martin Kaymer leaves Rory McIlroy in his wake, pulls 6 shots clear at Abu Dhabi Championship

  • Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off on the 3rd hole during the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off on the 3rd hole during the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland follows his ball on the 3rd hole during the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland follows his ball on the 3rd hole during the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

Martin Kaymer turned what promised to be an exciting weekend duel with Rory McIlroy into a procession at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Seeking a fourth title in eight years in Abu Dhabi, Kaymer shot a 7-under 65 in the third round on Saturday to extend his overnight lead from one stroke to six. He moved to 20-under 196 overall — a record-low total here after 54 holes.

The U.S. Open champion's pace was too hot for McIlroy, whose putting failed to match his tee-to-green play as he shot 71. The top-ranked McIlroy is eight strokes behind Kaymer and dropped from third into a share of fifth.

Belgium's Thomas Pieters shot 70 to stay second and will play in the final group Sunday for the second straight day.