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Henrik Stenson remains on course to become the European number one as his third round 67 ensured he retained his one-shot lead going into the final round of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Sunday.
The 37-year-old Swede, who led the Race to Dubai going into this final tournament, is aware a victory will see him finish 2013 on top in Europe and become the first man to win the money list on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year following his FedEx Cup triumph on the US Tour.
A fairly quiet start to Stenson’s round ended well when he picked up four shots in the last five holes to card a 67 which leaves him just ahead of last week’s Turkish Airlines Open winner, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who hit an impressive 64.
Englishman Ian Poulter, who needs to win the tournament and hope Stenson finishes outside the top-two to overhaul him at the top of the standings, fired a 66 to sit alongside Alejandro Canizares four off the lead.
Miguel Angel Jimenez is alone on 12 under after a second successive 66, while Lee Westwood and Justin Rose, who is Stenson’s closest challenger for the European number one spot, recorded rounds of 65 and 68 respectively to finish the day six shots off the pace.