Fleetwood shoots 65 to retake pole in the Race to Dubai


Low scores were in abundance on Saturday in the Middle East as Rose, victor of his previous two European Tour starts, shot a bogey-free 65 to take the lead at 15 under.

But the same can be said for Tommy Fleetwood. "I'm not trying to win the Race to Dubai".

Fleetwood came home in 30 for a second consecutive round of 65 on Saturday to sit at 13 under but Rose matched him to be two shots better off and one ahead of Dylan Frittelli and Jon Rahm.

He added a third on the Month hole before going to ten under par with further birdies at 12 and 14.

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"There's a hunger and motivation there", Rose said of his impressive streak of play that began roughly a month ago when he claimed the WGC-HSBC Champions title in a Sunday comeback, then followed it up with another Sunday rally to win the Turkish Airlines Open.

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"This is what you practise for and this is what you play for, but having my seven-week old baby here will do a good job of keeping my mind off it".

Lowry's nine-under 63 was the best score of the day, while Aphibarnrat finished his 67 strongly to also get within one shot of forcing a play-off. "It's about playing well tomorrow".

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Meanwhile, Fleetwood sealed the Race to Dubai crown despite a final-round 74 and a tied-21st finish.

From there, the 2007 Order of Merit victor - who is seeking a third tournament win in succession - admirably scrambled a par to finish with a third-round 65 and remain at 15-under 201 total.

Rose's second round 70 leaves him still two shots ahead of 11th placed Fleetwood, but that final hole slip dropped him to joint third in the tournament.

On a day of low scoring which saw Eddie Pepperell criticise the course set-up as "too easy" after his own 66, overnight leader and defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick was one of only six players in the 60-man field who failed to break par.

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