Omega Dubai Desert Classic R3

Ashun Wu leads the way in Dubai

January 23-26
Emirates GC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
$3,250,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Ashun Wu eagled his opening hole and never looked back as he carded a 67 to take a one shot lead into the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic R3 - Wu leads the way in Dubai
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The three-time European Tour winner kicked off his Chinese New Year celebrations in style by adding four birdies and dropping a single shot to get to 11 under par and lead the way from Frenchman Victor Perez.

“That was my “Happy Chinese New Year Shot” (on the first). First hole and second shot is unbelievable for me for a very good start. I didn’t know I holed it and then the gallery went wild, so I was very happy.

“I’m working hard with my short game and, yeah, some days you get lucky, you can chip from everywhere. I had a good feeling today and just chipped it in the hole.


“The last couple of holes I think you have a chance and on number 10, 11, I might say number 12 and 13 too. Good chances for those couple holes and I’m happy to hole three birdies on those four holes.

“Tomorrow is a great day for me, I think, and I’m always happy to play the final round in the final group. Just enjoy the game and play your best, best game, best round tomorrow and let it happen, that’s it.”

The 34-year-old had led by four just after the turn but Alfred Dunhill Links Champion Perez stormed home in 31 to match his 67 and cut the gap to one at Emirates Golf Club.

“Winning (last season) was obviously great. Being my first year it’s nice to get over the hump and tick that box off and it definitely frees me up when I play. I think when you’re a rookie you come in and there’s this expectation, like you want to play well but you don’t know how well you can play and hopefully win. And it was good to get that one over the hump and it’s been a good ride ever since then and hopefully many more to come.

“I think that it (his good form) is a combination of things. If you look at my past in the previous tours, I kind of peaked towards the end of the year on the Challenge Tour, I played well. I was kind of in the middle of the pack up until the end of the year and played really well at the end, so I got on those runs where I’m kind of free wheeling it, which is obviously what you hope for and hope it lasts as long as possible.

“Obviously it’s been a great run, I think I’ve done a really good job this off season preparing for the upcoming year with a lot of travel and obviously it’s great to be in this position going into Sunday.”


Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau battled illness to finish with birdies on his last two holes and end the third round at nine under par, alongside fellow American Kurt Kitayama and Englishman Tom Lewis.

“I’m (feeling) worse today,” said DeChambeau. “I couldn’t hear anything out of my right ear until number 13 it finally popped. That was helpful a little bit, but, boy, was it a struggle out there for me on the greens today. That’s okay, I’m going to go work on it a little bit. I didn’t feel like I was putting bad it just seemed like putts were going weird ways and ways they shouldn’t. But I’m going to work on that and hopefully have that ready to go for tomorrow.

“I’m actually hitting it surprisingly really, really well right now. I figured something out last night and I implemented it today and it worked beautifully, it was just a couple distance control things that kind of threw me off. So I’m going to go work on that, work on some putting, speed control, speed control was not good today and got to make sure that’s taut tomorrow.


“It would be incredible (to successfully defend). Being under the weather and fighting through some of the stuff that happened last week and persevering this week would be a tremendous honour.”

Overnight leader Eddie Pepperell is then at eight under par, a shot clear of fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, South African Dean Burmester and Spaniard Nacho Elvira. The Open Champion Shane Lowry, Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Scot Grant Forrest round out the top ten at six under par. 


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Race to Dubai

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Ashun Wu
CHI
-11
69
69
67
205
2
Victor Perez
FRA
-10
73
66
67
206
T3
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-9
70
67
70
207
T3
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-9
69
70
68
207
T3
Tom Lewis
ENG
-9
73
69
65
207
6
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-8
69
67
72
208
T7
Dean Burmester
RSA
-7
69
68
72
209
T7
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-7
73
70
66
209
T7
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-7
75
65
69
209
T10
Grant Forrest
SCO
-6
73
68
69
210
T10
Shane Lowry
IRL
-6
72
69
69
210
T10
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-6
69
76
65
210
T13
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-5
72
68
71
211
T13
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-5
73
66
72
211
T13
Jeff Winther
SWE
-5
76
70
65
211
T13
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-5
69
71
71
211
T13
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-5
74
70
67
211
T13
Romain Langasque
FRA
-5
69
69
73
211
T19
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
71
71
70
212
T19
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-4
74
71
67
212
T19
Ryan Fox
NZL
-4
76
70
66
212
T19
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-4
71
70
71
212
T23
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
72
73
68
213
T23
Jordan Smith
ENG
-3
72
70
71
213
T23
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-3
69
74
70
213
T23
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-3
74
71
68
213
T23
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-3
70
69
74
213
T23
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-3
71
72
70
213
T23
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
67
77
69
213
T30
David Lipsky
USA
-2
68
75
71
214
T30
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
70
75
69
214
T30
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
73
71
70
214
T30
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
72
70
72
214
T30
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
74
71
69
214
T30
Matthiam Keyser
RSA
-2
74
68
72
214
T30
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
72
72
70
214
T30
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-2
74
70
70
214
T30
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-2
74
71
69
214
T30
Shaun Norris
RSA
-2
69
73
72
214
T40
Ian Poulter
ENG
-1
71
73
71
215
T40
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
71
73
71
215
T40
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
69
71
75
215
T40
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-1
72
74
69
215
T40
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-1
77
69
69
215
T45
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
73
73
70
216
T45
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
Par
71
72
73
216
T45
Martin Kaymer
GER
Par
72
71
73
216
T45
Robert Karlsson
SWE
Par
69
68
79
216
T49
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
1
72
71
74
217
T49
Joost Luiten
NED
1
72
72
73
217
T49
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
1
69
73
75
217
T49
Thomas Detry
BEL
1
73
72
72
217
T53
Aaron Rai
ENG
2
77
69
72
218
T53
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
77
69
72
218
T53
Danny Willett
ENG
2
76
70
72
218
T53
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
2
73
71
74
218
T53
Julien Guerrier
FRA
2
71
74
73
218
T53
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
75
70
73
218
T53
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
73
73
72
218
T60
David Drysdale
SCO
3
74
71
74
219
T60
Jason Scrivener
AUS
3
77
69
73
219
T60
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
3
75
70
74
219
T60
Lee Westwood
ENG
3
78
68
73
219
T60
Padraig Harrington
IRL
3
71
75
73
219
T60
Richie Ramsay
SCO
3
73
73
73
219
T60
Sean Crocker
USA
3
72
72
75
219
67
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
71
75
74
220
68
Niklas Noergaard Moeller
DEN
5
74
72
75
221
T69
David Law
SCO
6
75
71
76
222
T69
Romain Wattel
FRA
6
70
76
76
222
71
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
7
71
75
77
223
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
3
76
71
147
CUT
Benjamin Poke
DNK
3
76
71
147
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
3
72
75
147
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Jayden Schaper
RSA
3
71
76
147
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
77
70
147
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
4
76
72
148
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
4
77
71
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
4
79
69
148
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
73
75
148
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
4
77
71
148
CUT
Taehee Lee
KOR
4
72
76
148
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
4
74
74
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
75
74
149
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
80
69
149
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
5
79
70
149
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
5
75
74
149
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
5
77
72
149
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
5
76
73
149
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
6
75
75
150
CUT
Daniel Gaunt
AUS
6
78
72
150
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
6
76
74
150
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
6
75
75
150
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
6
78
72
150
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
73
77
150
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
78
73
151
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
81
71
152
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
8
73
79
152
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
8
76
76
152
CUT
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
8
75
77
152
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
8
73
79
152
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
8
77
75
152
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
9
76
77
153
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
77
76
153
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
9
75
78
153
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
9
77
76
153
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
10
75
79
154
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
10
78
76
154
CUT
Joshua Hill
ENG
10
77
77
154
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
11
81
74
155
CUT
Graeme Storm
ENG
12
83
73
156
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
12
76
80
156
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
12
79
77
156
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
12
81
75
156
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
13
79
78
157
CUT
Ahmed Marjan
MOR
14
79
79
158
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
14
76
82
158
CUT
Harry Konig
ENG
16
80
80
160
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
18
82
80
162
CUT
Othman Al Mulla
KSA
27
83
88
171
DSQ
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
77
77
RET
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
0