DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Henrik Stenson closed in on the European Tour money title Saturday.
The Swede made birdies on four of his last five holes for a 5-under-par 67 and a one-shot lead after three rounds of the season-ending World Tour Championship.
Stenson was at 17-under 199 and is trying to become the first player to win the FedEx Cup and European title in the same year.
Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who posted his first European Tour victory last weekend in the Turkish Airlines Open, was in second place after a 64.
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Ian Poulter (66) of England and Alejandro Canizares (70) of Spain shared third place, another three shots back.
Stenson came into the tournament leading the Race to Dubai, although Poulter and Justin Rose — who was six shots back after a 68 — are among the players who can overtake him.
“There’s no point in getting ahead of myself, as there’s still one more day to go and I have to give it my best,” Stenson said.
English, Karlsson are tied for first
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Harris English and Robert Karlsson shared the lead in the rain-delayed OHL Classic when third-round play in the PGA Tour event was suspended because of darkness.
English and Karlsson were at 15 under overall with 11 holes left in the round.
None of the 78 players who made the cut finished the third round.
Ryan Moore (10 holes left in the third round) of Puyallup and Michael Putnam (three holes left), who is from University Place, were among players tied for 32nd at 6 under.
Kyle Stanley (10 holes left) of Gig Harbor and ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (seven holes left) were among those tied for 63rd place at 1 under.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Lexi Thompson shot a 5-under 67 to lead after three rounds of the LPGA Tour Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
The 18-year-old Thompson was at 13-under 203 at Guadalajara Country Club. She had a one-stroke lead over South Korean I.K. Kim (67).
• Adam Scott successfully defended his Australian Masters title, shooting an even-par 71 for a two-shot victory over Matt Kuchar (68) at Royal Melbourne.
Scott, who won the Australian PGA last weekend and the Masters in the United States in April, had a 14-under 270 total.
American Kuchar led by two strokes with four holes to play and was tied with Scott with one hole left, but had a double bogey on No. 18 after taking two shots to get out of a bunker.