Westwood Surges to Lead at Dubai

From European Tour.com:

Lee Westwood stormed to the top of a congested leaderboard on day three of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic as Rory McIlroy and Thomas Björn faltered.

After finishing his second round 65 with three straight birdies, World Number Three Westwood picked up shots on three of his first four holes today en route to a 67 that lifted him to 15 under.

Germany’s Marcel Siem and Scot Stephen Gallacher – Westwood’s playing partners – were a solitary shot adrift, having each carded 68, along with Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who birdied 18 for a 70.

However, joint overnight leaders McIlroy and Björn could only muster rounds of 72 and 73 respectively.

Björn, who had held a two stroke advantage after picking up his third birdie of the day at the tenth, finished poorly with bogeys at 15, 16 and 18, but McIlroy – the winner of this event in 2009 – birdied the closing par five to end an erratic round on a high.



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