McDowell a shot free from Dubuisson after 54 holes in Saudi Arabia

Posted by on February 01, 2020  /   Posted in golf reviews

Graeme McDowell claimed the last of his 10 European Tour winnings in 2014 Saudi International third round leaderboard (Royal Greens, Saudi Arabia) -12: G McDowell (NI); -11: V Dubuisson (Fra); -9: G Green (Mal); 7: V Perez (Fra), R Paratore (Ita), D Johnson (USA); -6: P Mickelson (US), B Koepka (US), T Detry (Bel); -5: R Fisher (Eng), A Wu (Chn), H Stenson (Swe), J Smith (Eng), G Forrest (Sco), I Poulter (Eng) Selected others: -3: S Garcia (Spa); -2: R McEvoy (Eng), A Rai (Eng), D Howell (Eng); -1: M Wallace (Eng), A Chesters (Eng), R Ramsay (Sco)

Graeme McDowell takes a one-off lead over Victor Dubuisson in the final round of the Saudi International.

The Northern Irishman, 40, shot 66 to go to 12 while looking for a first European Tour win since 2014.

The five birdies of world number 41 were matched by the French Dubuisson, who shot another 65 to fight, two shots free from Gavin Green in third place.

McDowell and Dubuisson, Ryder Cup game partners in 2014, are paired in the final round.

A warning for slow play was "upset" McDowell & # 39; s rhythm "for a few holes" on day two after he had stopped doing a mid-round TV interview, but he gathered to lead halfway.

"Of course we shared a car until this morning and I was chatting with him. I always look forward to him. Great experiences with him in 2014 in Gleneagles," said McDowell of Dubuisso n.

"It will be difficult to try and play against him, but we are both competitors and we go outside and try to do our job," he added.

Friday's leader, Victor Perez, dropped to fourth place in seven after a round of 73 with three bogeys and two double bogeys.

World number one Brooks Koepka, after a greatly improved five-under 65, is seventh out of six, where he is accompanied by five-fold big winner Phil Mickelson and Thomas Detry.

England Ross Fisher is a shot farther back, tied for 10th out of five compatriots Jordan Smith and Ian Poulter, the Swedish Henrik Stenson and the Grant Forrest in Scotland.

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