Dubuisson Leads By 1 In Dubai !
Victor Dubuisson shot a superb 64 that included 7 birdies and an eagle 2 in the DP World Tour Championship to finish at -13 giving him a one-shot lead going into the final round.
Dubuisson birdied 4 of the last 5 holes to fire him up the leader board ahead of challengers Nicolas Colsaerts, Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Fitzpatrick who were at -12. Dubuisson said: “I’ve played well, made good putts at the right time.”
Belgian Colsaerts started with a bogey but was back on track with birdies on 2, 3, 5 and 6, made eagle at 7 to lead, bogeyed 8 and 9, birdied 10, bogeyed 14, birdied 16 and sunk a 20 footer at 18 to finish at -12. Colsaerts said: “A grandstand finish on the last is always nice.” Fitzpatrick had a fast start making 4 birdies and an eagle to go out in 31, wobbled with a double at 13, but struck back with birdies on 14 and 15 and another at 18. Fitzpatrick said: “I feel like I played really well today.”
Hatton had an eventful first nine that included an eagle, 3 birdies and 3 bogeys, but had a solid back nine including birdies at 13, 15 and 18. Hatton said: “I’m happy with the score.”
Rafa Cabrera Bello, who fired the low score of the day 63, that included 10 birdies, was a shot back on -11 together with Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari.
Charl Swartzel, Bernd Wiesberger, Nacho Elvira and Soren Kjeldsen are at -9.
Henrik Stenson, currently leads the Rolex Race to Dubai rankings and had a slow start dropping 3 shots in the first 10 holes, recovering to finish with a 70 and finish at -5. Rory McIlroy shot another 68 and is also at -5. Danny Willett shot 76, that included one birdie and five bogeys and finished at +1. Alex Noren shot a solid 69 to finish at -7.
So with 47 players under par and 16 players within 6 strokes of the leader and the Race to Dubai to play for it will be a great spectacle of golf on Sunday.