Stephen Gallacher leads Dubai Desert Classic after three rounds

Aug 2, 2013; Akron, OH, USA; Stephen Gallacher hits out of the sand trap on the 9th hole during the second round of the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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.

[Source: Reuters]

Topics: Dubai Desert Classic, Stephen Gallacher

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