Defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick claimed the halfway direct in the DP Entire world Tour Championship following Tommy Fleetwood ensured the Race to Dubai struggle would go down to the wire.
Fitzpatrick carded a second consecutive 67 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to attain 10-beneath-par, a shot forward of the male he defeat into second position past 12 months, English compatriot Tyrrell Hatton.
Justin Rose, who would overhaul Fleetwood with a extraordinary 3rd consecutive victory on Sunday, was a shot additional again along with Julian Suri and Kiradech Aphibarnrat following a expensive a few-putt bogey on the 18th. And that meant Fleetwood experienced regained the upper hand — albeit by a slim margin — in his bid to finish the time as European No. 1.
A outstanding 65 lifted him 35 locations in the 60-male field and to inside of two pictures of Rose on six beneath.
“Currently was tension in a distinct way,” mentioned Fleetwood, who has a direct of 256,738 details over Rose. “If I experienced shot stage par or one beneath all the things is wholly out of my palms. I’ve stored myself in with a opportunity of the match but it is really only a massive spherical if I keep it heading.
“I never know whether or not Justin will be bothered or not. He is so strong mentally and he is aware what he is undertaking. He’s been in a whole lot of circumstances like this and this is my first time, but I am happy I’ve set my identify up there alternatively than the mistaken finish of the leaderboard.”
Fleetwood finished his spherical just times ahead of Rose started off his personal and following four birdies and a bogey in his first 15 holes, the former US Open up champion wanted to birdie the 18th for a share of the direct. Even so, Rose skipped the environmentally friendly with his method and a few-putted next a lousy chip to finish the day on a disappointing observe.
“The a few-wooden on the past was an unforced mistake but then to compound it with a a few-putt was extremely annoying,” Rose mentioned. “Every single permutation is nevertheless in play. All I experienced to do was give myself a opportunity heading into the weekend and that is what I’ve completed.”
Fitzpatrick’s 67 integrated five birdies and an eagle and ensured he has not been outdoors the best 8 following his past 10 rounds in the party. “I’ve received almost nothing to get rid of,” the 23-12 months-outdated mentioned. “I am not attempting to earn the Race to Dubai sadly.
“The principal focus is on Justin and Tommy and that is fine with me. If I can sneak in beneath the radar and earn that would be excellent.” Hatton was on program to equal or improved Rose’s program file of 62 thanks to holing out from 144 yards on the fifth for an eagle and 8 birdies, only to bogey the past.
The entire world No. 17 did the same in the final spherical 12 months ago to get rid of out to Fitzpatrick. After acquiring to settle for a 63 this time he mentioned: “It is a fairly bitter pill to swallow on 18. That hole looks to despise me. Hopefully one day I’ll actually play it well.”