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Wednesday 17 July 2019

Shane Lowry slips down the leaderboard after mixed third round in Dubai

Shane Lowry of Ireland chips out of a bunker on the 6th hole during the round one of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Neville Hopwood)
Shane Lowry of Ireland chips out of a bunker on the 6th hole during the round one of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Neville Hopwood)

Shane Lowry's strong run of form stalled today as he slipped down the leaderboard at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Lowry could only card a one-under-par round of 71 at Emirates Golf Club, which leaves him in a tie for 19th place and seven shots off leader Bryson DeChambeau.

The 30-year-old only hit his top form at the very end of his round, finishing birdie, eagle, birdie on 16, 17 and 18 after a tough round.

Lowry got off to a poor star, making bogey at the first and second holes, before picking up his first birdie at the fourth. Futher bogeys followed at 11 and 12 before the strong finish left him on -9 overall.

American DeChambeau holds a one-shot lead ahead of the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The world number five, who began the day's play at Emirates Golf Club as joint leader, rolled in two birdies in the final four holes to card a four-under-par 68.

He is now one shot clear of defending champion, China's Li Haotong, with England's Matt Wallace and four-time major winner Ernie Els three shots off the pace in a tie for third.

DeChambeau, who has never won outside of America, carded successive bogeys at the seventh and eighth holes, only to strike back with consecutive birdies.

He then sank a 10-foot birdie putt at the 13th before additional birdies at the 15th and 17th saw him finish up on 16-under par.

"I can't express to you how awesome it would be to win on the European Tour," said the 25-year-old, who has six career victories.

"I'm still leading, obviously. It's fantastic. I couldn't be displeased with that but my expectation levels are for how I know I can perform, and I feel like I'm under-performing a little bit.

"I'm still in the lead, still got the job done. I made it happen when necessary and hopefully I can have one more of those days and maybe even a better-ball striking day."

Wallace began his round with a bogey at the par-four second hole, but birdied the next, before making up three further shots on the back nine to card a 69.

"It is good to get the season started off, the juices flowing, and being in contention," he told Sky Sports. "Hopefully I will have a chance tomorrow."

Wallace will play alongside Els, the 49-year-old who is ranked a lowly 527th in the world, in the concluding round.

Els has not won since 2013, but at the scene of his first European Tour title victory 25 years ago remained in the hunt with a birdie at 18 to complete a bogey-free card of 70.

Elsewhere, English duo Jordan Smith and Matthew Fitzpatrick are five shots off the lead on 11 under par, while Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood and Andrew Johnson are one further back.

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