Stenson ahead by one stroke at DP World Tour Championship

Nov. 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Henrik Stenson owns a one-stroke lead over Victor Dubuisson, who had 11 birdies Saturday, after three rounds of the European Tour's DP World Tour Championship.

Stenson had four birdies in the last five holes, capping a 5-under-par 67 with an 18th-hole birdie. That left him just ahead of Dubuisson, who turned in an 8-under 64. Stenson, the top qualifier for the World Tour Championship, is at 17-under 199 after 54 holes; Dubuisson is 16-under.

Ian Poulter shot a third-round 66 and is tied with first-round leader Alejandro Canizares, who had a 70 Saturday, for third place at 13-under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez is alone in fifth place after his 6-under 66 Saturday put him at 12-under for the tournament. Lee Westwood (65 Saturday) and Justin Rose (68) are tied for sixth another stroke back.

Dubuisson, who hadn't won a professional tournament before last week, opened play Saturday with a bogey but then ran off four straight birdies. Birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 allowed him to make the turn at 5-under.

But Dubuisson had a double-bogey 6 at the 10th hole. He came back with a birdie at 11 and pulled into a tie with the lead with three-straight birdies at 13-15 before the late charge by Stenson. Dubuisson kept the pressure on with a birdie at 18.

Stenson had a more sedate start to his round with two birdies and seven pars in the opening nine. He bogeyed the 10th hole -- just his second bogey of the week -- but stemmed the challenge from Dubuisson with birdies over Nos. 14-16. He tapped in a 1-foot putt for birdie at 18 and the outright lead.

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