Following a red-hot rollercoaster of a third round, europeantour.com picks out the best stats, storylines and more from Moving Day at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
4 – Danny Willett will be going for a fourth European Tour title on Sunday after a superb seven under par 65 handed the Englishman a one-shot lead heading into Sunday
67 – Rafa Cabrera-Bello’s score for the third day running. He’ll start Sunday one back
20 – Top ten finishes for the Spaniard since winning ...
Scot Craig Lee overcame swelling in his left forearm and then undergoing intensive treatment on his neck before tee off to birdie four holes in succession mid round and make the weekend cut in the Dubai Desert Classic.
Lee carded a second round 71 to trail nine shots behind Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello, winner of the event four years ago and joint runner-up last week in Qatar, who carded a second straight 67 and move to 10-under par.
Four-time Major winning Ernie Els, and a three-time past winner ...
Former double Dubai winner Stephen Gallacher was left ruing losing his opening tee shot down the left side of the 10th fairway and with three marshals, who were in the vicinity of where his tee shot landed refusing to allow some 30 people, including his family, manager and friends cross the fairway to look for the double Dubai winners’ ball.
“I had 30 of my pals there and none of them were allowed to help me look for my ball,” said Gallacher.
“There was three marshals, two on the right of ...
Ernie Els upstaged defending Desert Classic champ Rory McIlroy but then singled out the Irishman the player to beat with two rounds to play in Dubai.
Els, 46 looks to have finally climbed out what he described as a ‘deep, dark hole’ to post rounds of 68 and 67 and share second place at nine under par on the Emirates Course.
Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello, and winner in 2012, also shot a second day 67 to lead by a stroke at 10-under par.
McIlroy was looking like missing the cut for a first time ...
Four-time Major winning Ernie Els kept alive hopes of a fourth Omega Dubai Desert Classic title using a centre-shaft putter on the greens of the Emirates Golf Club.
It’s not news Els has struggled in recent years and revealing he must have used 10 different putters and just as many different grips.
The 46-year old South African won a maiden Desert Classic and Tour title 22 years ago and now he’s targeting a fourth with a second round 67 and just 28 putts on the Emirates course.
Els shares ...
Fellow Masters champions Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods along with the four-time Major winning pair of Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy have led the 50th birthday wishes for Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal.
Olazabal was born in Fuenterrabia on 5th February, 1966.
He turned pro over a +4 handicap in 1985 but then capped his career winning the Masters in 1994 and then again in 1999.
In fact, he’s won 23 European Tour titles starting in 1986 with victory in the Ebel European Masters and with his last ...
Rory McIlroy Inc has a most unlikely management colleague in ‘Modest Golf Management’ and co-owned by One Direction’s Niall Horan.
With One Direction taking a break from performing Horan has teamed with Mark McDonnell, a former TaylorMade account manager, to get involved in golf.
‘Modest’ is the same company managing the affairs of One Direction.
McIlroy had Horan on the bag for last year’s Par 3 Challenge at Augusta National while the pair were grouped together ...