Stenson takes one-shot lead into Dubai finale


With a birdie at the closing hole in the third round of the DP World Tour Championship, Henrik Stenson (67) took the outright lead at Jumeirah Golf Estates and is 18 holes away from winning the Race to Dubai. Here's how things look after three rounds, where Stenson holds a one-shot advantage as he closes in on the season-long crown:

Leaderboard: Henrik Stenson (-17), Victor Dubuisson (-16), Ian Poulter (-13), Alejandro Canizares (-13), Miguel Angel Jimenez (-12), Lee Westwood (-11), Justin Rose (-11)

What it means: Two months after winning the FedEx Cup, Stenson is closing in on another season-long title in Dubai. He is looking to become  the first player to capture both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same season, as well as only the second Swede in 76 years to win the European title. Even if Dubuisson – Stenson’s closest contender – wins, Stenson will still secure the Race to Dubai crown. Stenson has yet to win on the European Tour this year.

Round of the day: Fresh off his first professional victory last week at the Turkish Airlines Open, 23-year-old Dubuisson made a big move on Moving Day with an 8-under 64 Saturday at the DP World Tour Championship. His 64 was the low round of the day and included 11 birdies.

Best of the rest: Poulter – who has a friendly wager with Stenson on who will top who in the Race to Dubai – isn’t going down without a fight. Poulter carded a 6-under 66 in Round 3 to get to 13 under, four off Stenson’s pace. Poulter is currently fourth in the standings and has a mathematical chance at winning the RTD crown, although it’s not likely. Per the details of the bet, it appears Poulter will be serving Stenson many drinks, very soon.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Stenson can win the Race to Dubai the with victory at the tour's season finale, as can Poulter if he prevails over 72 holes and Stenson fails to finish in the top two. Rose (68) and Graeme McDowell (68), who could also win the money list with victory in Dubai, are off the pace at 11 and 8 under, respectively. With a one-shot lead and 18 holes to play, both the DP World Tour Championship and RTD titles are Stenson's to lose.

Shot of the day: At thepar-4 eighth, Dubuisson stuck his approach to 1 foot and tapped in for his sixth birdie of the day. He would go on to make five more.