Published: Mon, January 28, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Ernie Els second in Dubai after vintage display

Ernie Els second in Dubai after vintage display

Three players who know how to win are leading the chase in the second leg of the so-called "Gulf Swing" on the European Tour.

Despite finding four back-nine birdies in round three to claim sole possession of first place, DeChambeau told Sky Sports: "I'm just not 100 per cent with my golf game right now".

Herbert, who shared the second-round lead with DeChambeau, recovered well from getting a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie in a bunker at the third hole.

Meanwhile, World No.5 DeChambeau fired a four-under 68 in the third round to take a one-shot lead over defending champion Li Haotong.

Three-time victor Ernie Els (70) and Matt Wallace (69) are two shots further back after three rounds.

DeChambeau is ominously poised after back-to-back six-under rounds of 66; the second including an eagle and three bogeys.

"I think it's a little bit vindicating that I'm able to come out and have such success like this on multiple tours, so I'm very proud, happy and thankful as well".

Rose holds a three-shot lead over Adam Scott at Torrey Pines Golf Course, where he was on pace to break the record - set by Kyle Stanley in 2012.

"But I know even with not my best, I can get it done". "I probably left some out there, to be honest".

"It would definitely mean a lot (to win again)". I did that with an eagle-birdie-birdie start, and kind of just kept flowing.

"It was pretty decent today".

"I did play really solid compared to the last two rounds and long game being much better. And apart from 16, I putted well too".

A final-hole double-bogey saw one-time leader Alvaro Quiros drop into the group on 12 under, while Andrew "Beef" Johnston moved within six of the lead after firing a round-of-the-day 65.

"This is so ridiculously marginal", tweeted former European Ryder cup captain Paul McGinley.

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