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Westwood moves to top of Dubai leaderboard

English star Lee fires third round 67 to take the lead in the Dubai Desert Classic

Westwood moves to top of Dubai leaderboard
Lee Westwood moved to the top of the leaderboard in Dubai on Saturday. (Getty Images)

Lee Westwood moved to the top of the leaderboard on day three of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.

World No 3 Westwood picked up shots on three of his first four holes en route to a 67 that lifted him to 15 under, as early leaders Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn faltered.

Germany’s Marcel Siem and Scot Stephen Gallacher are a solitary shot adrift of Westwood going into Sunday, alongside Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Joint overnight leaders McIlroy and Bjorn could only muster rounds of 72 and 73 respectively.

Westwood said in comments published by the official European Tour website: “I played nicely again. Very solid.

“I got off to a very good start, three under after four, rolled the ball well on the greens and hit a lot of good quality iron shots.”

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