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Golf: Stenson leads way in Dubai showdown, but confident Poulter lurks

 

European Tour money list leader Henrik Stenson leads the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, but can still be overhauled by Ian Poulter and Justin Rose in the Race to Dubai if they win at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Photo: Getty Images.

European Tour money list leader Henrik Stenson leads the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, but can still be overhauled by Ian Poulter and Justin Rose in the Race to Dubai if they win at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Photo: Getty Images.

November 16, 2013: The Race to Dubai is set for a thrilling finale on the final day of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, with Henrik Stenson in pole position to complete a magnificent double.

 

The Swede, who also leads The Race to Dubai, shot a five-under-par 67 at Jumeirah Golf Estates for a one-stroke advantage over Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (64) in the season-ending event and victory on Sunday would earn him The European Tour’s money list crown.

 

Englishmen Ian Poulter (66), who is joint third but four strokes behind Stenson, and Justin Rose (68), six adrift, can each pip the Swede to the Race to Dubai title with victory. However, the FedEx Cup winner is feeling confident after notching four birdies in the last five holes to regain the lead.

 

“If anything, it just makes me try even harder and focus harder,” Stenson said when asked how he felt about his rivals narrowing the gap. “I know the guys are going to try their hardest to attack again tomorrow.

 

“There’s no point getting ahead of myself. There’s still one more day to go and I have to give it my best. It’s all about being in position on Sunday afternoon. I’m leading the tournament and I’ll be trying my hardest to win, because if I do that I know both trophies are going to come home with me. That’s my focus.”

 

Dubuisson, 23, won his maiden title in last week’s Turkish Airlines Open and is once again in imperious form, shooting eight-under on Saturday.

 

“The last three months, I’ve been working very hard on my putting and my short game,” he said. “I’m trying not to think about my win last week. When I arrived here on Tuesday, I just tried to think about this week.”

 

Poulter, who needs to win and Stenson to finish lower than second to win The Race to Dubai, was characteristically bullish ahead of the final round.

 

“I caught him at one stage today,” said the Ryder Cup hero. “I’ll catch him again, don’t worry about that. I’ve just got to keep hold of him.”

 

DP World Tour Championship (Round 3), Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE

199 H Stenson (Swe) 68 64 67

200 V Dubuisson (Fra) 70 66 64

203 I Poulter (Eng) 69 68 66, A Cañizares (Esp) 66 67 70

204 M Jiménez (Esp) 72 66 66

205 L Westwood (Eng) 70 70 65, J Rose (Eng) 70 67 68

206 R McIlroy (Nir) 71 67 68, J Luiten (Ned) 73 68 65, L Donald (Eng) 73 66 67,

207 R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 68 71 68, J Donaldson (Wal) 68 72 67, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 67 70 70

208 M Fraser (Aus) 67 69 72, F Molinari (Ita) 70 68 70, J Blixt (Swe) 72 65 71, G McDowell (Nir) 72 68 68, P Hanson (Swe) 70 68 70

209 M Ilonen (Fin) 72 68 69, D Fichardt (RSA) 71 71 67

210 T Olesen (Den) 69 70 71, C Wood (Eng) 73 66 71, G Coetzee (RSA) 74 67 69, R Sterne (RSA) 70 70 70, P Larrazábal (Esp) 72 66 72

211 D Howell (Eng) 75 66 70, B Wiesberger (Aut) 72 73 66, M Manassero (Ita) 71 72 68, R Fisher (Eng) 75 64 72, M Kaymer (Ger) 70 69 72

212 G Fdez-Castaño (Esp) 71 74 67, M Siem (Ger) 75 67 70, G Bourdy (Fra) 76 70 66, D Horsey (Eng) 72 72 68

213 T Jaidee (Tha) 69 70 74, S Jamieson (Sco) 73 70 70

214 L Oosthuizen (RSA) 73 70 71, C Lee (Sco) 73 70 71, E De La Riva (Esp) 71 71 72, T Björn (Den) 71 74 69

215 R Jacquelin (Fra) 77 66 72

216 D Lynn (Eng) 71 72 73, J Quesne (Fra) 74 73 69, S Lowry (Irl) 71 71 74, P Casey (Eng) 75 68 73

217 B Rumford (Aus) 71 72 74, B Grace (RSA) 76 70 71, N Colsaerts (Bel) 71 75 71

218 M Warren (Sco) 74 71 73, S Khan (Eng) 72 72 74, T Fleetwood (Eng) 72 76 70, F Aguilar (Chi) 79 66 73

219 S Gallacher (Sco) 77 71 71

220 P Uihlein (USA) 72 72 76

223 T Aiken (RSA) 76 74 73

225 G Mulroy (RSA) 76 75 74

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