DP World Tour Championship, Dubai R3

Reed sets up fascinating finale in Dubai

December 10-13
Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
$8,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


DP World Tour Championship, Dubai 2020 R3 - Reed sets up fascinating finale in Dubai
Patrick Reed (Getty Images)


Patrick Reed remains in pole position to win the Race to Dubai after he birdied the closing hole at Jumeirah Golf Estates to join English pair Laurie Canter and Matt Fitzpatrick in a three way share of the lead going into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.


Reed followed a miraculous par save on the par three 17th – where he got up and down after his tee shot avoided rolling into the water by a matter of inches – before holing a six foot birdie putt on the 18th for a round of 71 to join playing partner Fitzpatrick on 11 under par.

“It was sloppy,” said Reed. “I didn’t really hit the ball as well as I needed to. Made some putts, but didn’t make the putts also I needed to. It was one of those days I had to lean a lot on my short game, and the good thing is I was able to do that and put myself into position to still have a share of the lead going into tomorrow.



“I’m trying not to really think about that (winning the Race to Dubai) honestly. If it happens, it would be unbelievable. It was always a goal of mine obviously to win golf tournaments but to win this one and also to win the Race to Dubai and be the first American would be amazing.

“We’ve got a long day ahead of us tomorrow. We still have full 18 holes left and you can’t really sit back there and think as much about that as just stay in the present and try to play some good golf tomorrow.”


Canter, playing in the group ahead, had minutes earlier set that clubhouse target with a round of 68, and Fitzpatrick matched it with a tap in birdie on the last for his 68 as the 2016 DP World Tour Championship winner kept up the pressure on Reed, the Race to Dubai leader, in the fourth and final Rolex Series event of the year.

“I have just been trying to stay into what I’m doing,” said Canter. “It is obviously a massive tournament but the golf doesn’t really change for me. I’m just going to keep sort of plodding away and doing that and hopefully can finish right up there.



“To be honest I haven’t thought about it that much (winning the $3million first prize). I guess if you put my name next to the rest of the top ten it would change my life more than the other nine guys, let’s be honest. Let’s see. Let’s see. Right now, I just need a good feed and then have a good sleep, wake up tomorrow and see what I turn up with and obviously do my best.”

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Reed is still in control of his own destiny as he seeks to become the first American to become the European Tour’s Number One, but the European Tour’s disrupted 2020 season is set for a fascinating finale on Sunday with Englishman Lee Westwood, currently fourth on the Race to Dubai, one of four players a single shot behind the leading trio.

Westwood posted four birdies in six holes immediately after the turn in his second consecutive round of 68 to remain firmly in contention to win the Harry Vardon Trophy for a third time, 20 years after he first lifted it.

“I’m really pleased,” said Westwood. “I just really played the same as I played the first couple of days, just solid stuff. I’ve not really made loads of putts but I’ve putted well, I’ve driven the ball great. Just a bit of a hiccup on that fourth. Just keep calm, regroup and plod along from there.



“I’m not quite a hundred percent. Kind of niggling a little in my lower back. It’s mainly when I’m walking on the loose soil in chip-ins when I slip, because when it flexes, it’s sort of tiring out quickly. So I get around 14, 15, I start to feel it.

“No complaints or excuses. I’m swinging it as good as I’ve swung it all year and I’ve hit it further than I have all year.”

The former World Number One is joined on ten under par by Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre (66) Spain’s Adri Arnaus (67) and Viktor Hovland (66), the Norwegian who is bidding for a maiden European Tour win to add to his second PGA Tour title, won at last week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-11
68
68
69
205
T2
Adri Arnaus
-10
71
68
67
206
T2
Laurie Canter
-11
71
66
68
205
T4
Martin Kaymer
-6
69
70
71
210
T4
Patrick Reed
-11
70
64
71
205
T4
Lee Westwood
-10
70
68
68
206
T7
Collin Morikawa
-5
72
70
69
211
T7
Sami Valimaki
-9
69
69
69
207
T9
Tyrrell Hatton
-7
69
68
72
209
T9
Thomas Pieters
E
71
70
75
216
T11
Branden Grace
-6
72
66
72
210
T11
Robert MacIntyre
-10
68
72
66
206
13
Danny Willett
-8
72
67
69
208
T14
Viktor Hovland
-10
71
69
66
206
T14
Marcus Kinhult
-3
76
69
68
213
T14
Adrian Otaegui
-2
75
66
73
214
T14
Callum Shinkwin
-4
70
71
71
212
T18
Ross Fisher
2
73
75
70
218
T18
Sungjae Im
-3
75
70
68
213
T18
Joost Luiten
-1
71
73
71
215
T18
Henrik Stenson
-3
70
71
72
213
T18
Brandon Stone
-5
73
71
67
211
T23
John Catlin
2
75
74
69
218
T23
Shaun Norris
-4
72
69
71
212
T23
Ian Poulter
-3
74
68
71
213
T26
Dean Burmester
-1
76
67
72
215
T26
Tommy Fleetwood
-4
69
69
74
212
T26
Wilco Nienaber
E
79
70
67
216
T26
Victor Perez
-6
67
74
69
210
T26
Aaron Rai
5
72
76
73
221
T26
Kalle Samooja
-3
74
68
71
213
T26
Jordan Smith
1
74
72
71
217
T33
Rasmus Højgaard
6
76
68
78
222
T33
Pablo Larrazabal
1
73
74
70
217
T33
Robert Rock
2
73
73
72
218
T33
Andy Sullivan
-7
71
71
67
209
T33
Connor Syme
2
73
73
72
218
T33
Matt Wallace
-3
72
71
70
213
T39
Jorge Campillo
2
72
74
72
218
T39
George Coetzee
-3
71
72
70
213
T39
Jamie Donaldson
-2
70
75
69
214
T39
Joachim B. Hansen
1
74
72
71
217
T39
Justin Harding
-2
77
69
68
214
T39
Marc Warren
-4
72
72
68
212
T39
Erik van Rooyen
-5
68
73
70
211
T46
Grant Forrest
8
75
74
75
224
T46
Gavin Kyle Green
6
70
78
74
222
T46
Masahiro Kawamura
-1
72
73
70
215
T46
Renato Paratore
2
75
73
70
218
T46
Bernd Wiesberger
E
76
71
69
216
T51
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-4
71
71
70
212
T51
Garrick Higgo
-3
70
77
66
213
T51
Jazz Janewattananond
E
70
73
73
216
T51
Eddie Pepperell
4
78
73
69
220
T55
Marcus Armitage
7
73
74
76
223
T55
Scott Jamieson
2
74
70
74
218
T57
Sean Crocker
-3
70
76
67
213
T57
Tom Lewis
1
78
68
71
217
T59
Thomas Detry
E
74
73
69
216
T59
Matthieu Pavon
3
74
76
69
219
T59
Antoine Rozner
2
75
73
70
218
T62
Wil Besseling
-2
72
73
69
214
T62
Sam Horsfield
8
77
74
73
224
64
Benjamin Hebert
6
75
77
70
222
WD
Graeme McDowell
5
73
76
149