Will Vic­tor hold on for DPWTC vic­tory?

French­man con­fi­dent af­ter su­perb 64 puts him in pole po­si­tion

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Adrian Back @aidy­back

Vic­tor Dubuis­son will have a fight on his hands to win the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship de­spite tak­ing a one-shot ad­van­tage into to­day’s fi­nal round at Jumeirah Golf Es­tates.

The French­man fired an eight-un­der round of 64 to move to 13-un­der for the tour­na­ment, but there will be a group of play­ers gun­ning for the ti­tle af­ter an ac­tion-packed third day.

Big-hit­ting Bel­gian Ni­co­las Col­saerts is just one off the pace, as are the English duo of Tyrrell Hat­ton and Matt Fitz­patrick.

Spain’s Rafa Cabr­era Bello, Ital­ian Francesco Moli­nari and Eng­land’s Lee West­wood will also be hop­ing to go low on the fi­nal day as they lie just two shots off the lead.

Col­saerts in par­tic­u­lar is con­fi­dent he can se­cure a first win of the sea­son af­ter pro­duc­ing a timely ea­gle on the 18th for a six-un­der round of 66.

“A grand­stand fin­ish on the last is al­ways nice,” said Col­saerts. “I think I just need to do the same thing and avoid lit­tle mis­takes here and there.

“But if I keep play­ing the way I’ve been play­ing the last three rounds I think most peo­ple are aware of what I’m ca­pa­ble of.”

Cabr­era Bello also feels he is in with a chance of end­ing his sea­son with a vic­tory af­ter fir­ing a scin­til­lat­ing round of 63 that in­cluded 10 birdies and just a sin­gle bo­gey. “This is best round I’ve had,” said the Spa­niard, who now lives in Dubai. “It’s just re­ally nice to go to bed know­ing that hope­fully I will have a chance of win­ning this sea­son fi­nal event, and I’m just glad to be in that po­si­tion.”

How­ever, it is Dubuis­son in the driv­ing seat and the French­man feels as though his game suits the long Earth course.

“It’s a course I like as you have to carry the ball long,” he said. “The long game is very im­por­tant and I like the way it is set up.”

VI­TAL PUTT: Vic­tor Dubuis­son birdied the fi­nal hole to move into the lead ahead of to­day’s fi­nal round

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