Golf: Fleetwood ahead, but Lombard and Lawrence still in contention


South Africa’s Zander Lombard and Thriston Lawrence both shot 67 in the third round of the Dubai Invitational on Saturday to maintain their hold on the first title in this year’s Dubai World Tour (European Series).

Lombard and Lawrence, along with England’s Jordan Smith, finished on 202 (-11) in the clubhouse at the Dubai Creek course and were just four shots behind the leader, England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who finished on 198 (-15). has.

Fleetwood, three shots behind Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, shot 63 in the third round and is one shot ahead of McIlroy (199, -14) with Dane Thorbjorn Olesen third on 201 (-12).

Of the other South Africans, Hennie du Plessis and Ockie Strydom both finished on 212 (-1) and are together in 29th position.

Lombard scored six birdies in the third round, but conceded par on the 7th and 14th holes to spoil his scorecard. He has so far recorded 17 birdies over 54 holes, but also conceded six holes of strokes.

Lawrence’s third round included five birdies and he was on his way to catch up with Fleetwood and McIlroy before conceding a stroke on the 18th hole.

Fleetwood plays very steadily and did not concede a single stroke in his third round of 63 shots (-8). His round included eight birdies.

McIlroy, who has already recorded 19 birdies over 54 holes, scored five birdies on Saturday, but conceded a stroke on the 5th hole.

* In the Sony Open which is decided at the Waialae Country Club in Hawaii and is part of the American PGA Series, two Americans Grayson Murray and Keegan Bradley (both 196, -14) are one stroke ahead of their compatriot Samuel Stevens ( 197, -13).

Murray shot 64 in the third round and Bradley 63.

The 30-year-old Murray was one of America’s best amateurs before he became a professional player in 2013.

He has already won six professional tournaments, but his career almost came to an end in 2022 when he had an accident with his scooter in Bermuda and suffered serious injuries.

Taiga Semikawa of Japan, Benjamin Silverman (Canada), Matthieu Pavon (France), Byeong-Hun Am (South Korea) and Chris Kirk (America) are all tied for fourth at 199 (-11), followed by the Americans Troy Merritt, Austin Eckroat and Kurt Kitayama as well as Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) together ninth at 200 (-10).

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen (204, -6) remains firmly in the saddle, but Garrick Higgo (214, +4) dropped out and is in last place after scoring 76 shots in the third round.

Source: The Golf Channel