Dubai Open set for thrilling finish

The final day of the Dubai Open promises to be a thrilling one as Jbe Kruger, Jeung-hun Wang, Arjun Atwal and Shiv Kapur shared the lead on 10-under par after round three.

In addition, the four are just one stroke clear of a further six players, who are all in with a chance. All in all there are 21 players within three shots of the lead and a chance at the US$500,000 purse.

South Africa's Kruger must be a favourite after he shot the week's lowest, a 64 including a hole-in-one and an eagle.

The joint leaders overnight also stayed in contention with Kapur bouncing back from two early bogeys with an inward 31 and a 69; and Atwal hitting six birdies against two bogeys for a 68. 

Wang, only 19-years-old, shot a 68 to keep himself in with a chance of winning his maiden Asian Tour victory. 

The six players who are hot on the leaders' heels, just one stroke back are: Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat (67) and Pariya Junhasavasdikul (67), Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke (64),  Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka (68), India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar (69) and Scotsman Simon Yates (69).

Kruger felt he could have done better after he left some shots out on the course, but overall he was pleased with the round.

He said: "I hit a seven iron but probably pitched perfect and probably trickled down. I three-putted 17 and I probably hit it inside of 10 feet probably five times and didn't make one.  So it could have been a lot lower. But you can't complain with a round like that. I'm glad I'm in contention to actually try and win, but it all comes down to the day and all comes down to putting."

Wang, who has not missed a single cut all year, is wary about his chances on the final day.

He said: "I just don't want to get pressure. I'll be nervous. I will try to play my own game tomorrow. My putter improved so much and then my iron shot was good."

Kapur was pleased with the way he turned things around.

He said: "Yeah, it was a nightmare of a start. I didn't really hit any poor shots and then actually holed about a 15-footer for par on the fourth hole to sort of keep the round going.

"But standing on the 10th tee, I just turned to Neeraj (his caddie) and said, 'I need a back nine like the front nine I did at Muirfield. Let's go out and play with that sort of attitude.' I'm happy with the way I fought back. There was a time where I could completely have thrown myself out of the tournament, so I'm tied for the lead, not too bad."

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