Herbert scorches Dubai course to share lead with DeChambeau

Arnold Nichols
January 28, 2019

He is the highest-ranked player in the field and is looking to win for the first time outside the PGA Tour or Web.com Tour.

Hot on DeChambeau's heels is Li, who shot a third straight round of 67, finishing with two consecutive birdies, to come back into contention.

The South African veteran was bogey-free and made just two birdies - on the third and 18th holes - to sit tied third alongside England's Matt Wallace.

Herbert had shared the second-round lead with American but received a two-stroke penalty on Saturday for improving his lie in a bunker at the third hole.

Quiros had an ugly end to his round, making double-bogey at the par-5 last after finding the water surrounding the green off his second shot, hitting his fourth shot into thick rough at the back of the green, and then duffing his chip.

The frustration of not making a birdie on the par-five 18th, and missing a short birdie putt on the 14th hole, was evident after his round.

"Man, I'm just not 100 per cent with my form right now, ' DeChambeau said, after a 68 took him to 16 under".

'I'm still leading. It's fantastic. I see scoring slowing down a little bit over the weekend in the afternoons.

Fellow Englishman Callum Shinkwin is also just one stroke back after an eagle on the par-four 17th. I'm honestly just excited to try and capture an worldwide victory.

DeChambeau joined Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore in winning the NCAA and US Amateur titles in the same season in 2015, while his opening 64 in Abu Dhabi the following year had playing partner Chris Paisley labelling him as "quite possibly the most impressive player I have ever seen".

Defending champion Li Haotong initially appeared to have finished in a tie for third after a final round of 71, only to be handed a two-shot penalty for breaking rule 10.2b (4), one of the rules amended at the start of 2019. He carded birdie-eagle-birdie in his final three holes, having suffered four bogeys in his first 12.

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