x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Poulter takes lead at Dubai World Championship

Englishman's 3-under par 69 takes him to two-shot lead ahead of Thongchai Jaidee and Francesco Molinari tomorrow.

Ian Poulter of England during the third round of the Dubai World Championship on the Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Ian Poulter of England during the third round of the Dubai World Championship on the Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates.

DUBAI //  Ian Poulter shot a 3-under 69 in the third round to take a two-shot lead at the Dubai World Championship on Saturday.

The Englishman is at 12-under overall, ahead of Ross Fisher of England, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Francesco Molinari of Italy on 10-under.

Poulter, who won last week's Hong Kong Open, started Saturday in a tie for the lead with Fisher.

Poulter went ahead on the back nine with two birdies while Fisher three-putted the 15th hole and went in the water on the 18th which forced him to settle for a bogey.

Graeme McDowell's hopes of winning the European money title took another hit after he finished four shots behind money-leader Martin Kaymer and far down the leaderboard in a tie for 30th.