DeChambeau grabs narrow lead in Dubai

Bryson De Chambeau leads the way in Dubai

The world No5 is determined to become "a leading player worldwide" and for that to happen knows that an already impressive CV requires an overseas victory.

DeChambeau, who is returning to Dubai for the first time since making his debut at the Classic as an amateur in 2016, has won four times in the past nine months on the PGA Tour, and three times in his past eight starts.

He is now one shot clear of defending champion, China's Li Haotong, with England's Matt Wallace and four-time major victor Ernie Els three shots off the pace in a tie for third.

"I'm not 100 percent with my golf game right now", the 25-year-old DeChambeau said.

Two shots further back are 49-year-old Ernie Els, a three-time champion here, and Matt Wallace, a three-time victor on tour just last year.

"I'm still leading, obviously". But my expectation levels are for how I know I can perform, and I feel like I'm underperforming a little bit.

"I had a couple chances to right the ship and be three or four ahead, but I'm only one ahead".

The Big Easy had a quiet, yet solid, round on day three, with two birdies on the par-fives at No 3 and the 18th hole, with 16 pars. He fashioned a 7-under 65 to go with his opening 68 to get to 11 under along with Spain's Alvaro Quiros.

"It definitely would mean a lot, and I just want to play my best over there and hopefully hold the trophy again", Li said, after signing for a third-consecutive round of 67.

Although DeChambeau will not move up in the world rankings on the back of this win, he will close the gap on the four players above him and has his sights set on Justin Rose in top spot. "Hopefully I can have one more of those days and maybe even a better ball-striking day".

"Whether it's air pressure, firmness values, miles per hour on the ball speed, spin rates...we're trying to figure out as much as possible so I can be as consistent as possible and obviously it's showing".

"But I'm still in the lead, still got the job done".

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