Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher surged to the top of the leaderboard at the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday, shooting a nine-under round of 63 to overtake 36-hole-leader Rory McIlroy.
McIlroy, who turned in a round of 69, is now two strokes behind Gallacher with one more round left to play.
Gallacher, who won the tournament in 2013, said he started the day with a couple rough holes before finding his groove on the back nine:
It was a bit of a struggle to start with especially the first three holes.
I never found the fairway. Then I hit it stiff at nine and from then on I kept hitting it close and if I hit it to 30 feet I holed it.
I found last year it’s easier when you’re leading rather than chasing so I tried to get as many birdies as I could. I didn’t want to count them up (Reuters).
Gallacher’s 28 on the back nine — comprised of seven birdies and an eagle — ties a European Tour record.