Danny Willett and Patrick Reed are locked together on -14 at the DP World Tour Championship and have a one-shot lead after round three. Masters champion Reed carded six birdies and one bogey in his round of 67 while Willett, who claimed the Green Jacket in 2016, signed for a four-under-par 68 and is in great shape to win his first event since Augusta.
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The duo are a stroke clear of England’s Jordan Smith, with compatriots Lee Westwood, who shot a seven-under 65, and Matt Wallace joining South Africa’s Dean Burmester on -12.
Spanish star Adrian Otaegui and Tom Lewis of England are a further shot back while Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia are among a group of four who reached -10 after 54 holes in Dubai.
Rory McIlroy could only manage a one-under 71 and sits on -9, while Tommy Fleetwood struggled to a 73 and, on -6, his chances of overhauling Francesco Molinari to win the Race to Dubai title are now over.
The Italian reached -5 ahead of the final round and will walk away as top European golfer of the year at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Sunday.