Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland are one shot behind Matt Wallace and Jeff Winther is 2 again; defending champion Jon Rahm inside 5 of the lead and Race to Dubai champion Rory McIlroy eight behind; watch the ultimate spherical reside on Sunday from 6.30am on Sky Sports activities Golf
By Ali Stafford
Final Up to date: 18/11/23 1:24pm
Matt Wallace produced a historic back-nine birdie cost to take a one-shot lead into the ultimate spherical of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Wallace got here into the weekend seven strokes again however birdied each gap of his again 9 throughout a outstanding Saturday at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the place a 12-under 60 lifted him to 16 below and forward of a congested leaderboard.
The 9 consecutive birdies – 12 in whole – and the back-nine 27 all equalled historic bests on the DP World Tour, though is not going to go into the file books due to most popular lies getting used in the course of the third spherical.
Ryder Cup stars Viktor Hovland and Tommy Fleetwood share second after carding matching 66s on a low-scoring day, whereas Jeff Winther holds fourth spot forward of Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson and in a single day chief Nicolai Hojgaard.
Wallace goes wild in Dubai
Wallace took benefit of the par-five second and holed from 10 ft to choose up a shot on the sixth, then responded to lacking a seven-foot birdie probability on the subsequent to transform from 12 ft on the eighth and attain the flip in 33.
The four-time DP World Tour winner began his unbelievable burst of scoring when he rolled in from 30 ft on the tenth and 20 ft on the par-four subsequent, earlier than including additional birdies from six ft on the twelfth and shut vary on the thirteenth to shut inside two of the lead.
Wallace two-putted from 40 ft on the 14th and fired his approaches to tap-in vary on the following two holes, with a six-foot birdie on the seventeenth shifting him prime of the leaderboard and elevating the potential of a ’59 spherical’.
The Englishman discovered the greenside bunker along with his strategy into the par-five final however was inches away from holing out for eagle, though a tap-in birdie matched the DP World Tour bests for many birdies made in a single spherical and most consecutive birdies.
“What a day, a tremendous day,” Wallace stated. “I simply tried my hardest to get myself again within the match. I performed nice there and on the finish there I did not even suppose that it was for a 59, actually. I believe it helped me just a little bit, however I simply performed actually properly down the stretch.”
Fleetwood jumped two clear earlier within the day after 5 birdies in his opening seven holes, with the previous Race to Dubai champion cancelling out a three-putt bogey on the twelfth with a monster eagle on the par-five 14th.
The Englishman retained a share of the lead with a birdie on the sixteenth however bogeyed the following and didn’t make the most of the par-five final, the place Hovland holed from seven ft to shut a blemish-free 66 and likewise get inside one of many lead.
Winther’s eight-under 64 included a hole-out eagle from the tenth fairway and one other eagle on the final, whereas Hojgaard was inside one of many lead till closing a two-under 70 with back-to-back bogeys and falling again alongside Ferguson – who fired a bogey-free 64 – on 13 below.
Defending champion Jon Rahm is 5 behind after a five-under 67, whereas Race to Dubai champion Rory McIlroy moved again inside the highest 20 on the leaderboard by discovering a birdie-eagle end to shut a seven-under 65.
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