George three shy in Dubai

On Saturday, George Coetzee shot a respectable 69 for round three of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, leaving himself three strokes shy of leader Lee Westwood ahead of the final 18 Emirates Golf Club.

The 25-year-old continued to struggle at the ninth hole, but remained confident amongst the likes of Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer and closed the day in a share of ninth at 12-under-par.

It was the first round of the tournament in which Coetzee failed to make an eagle, but birdies at the third, 12th and 16th allowed him to keep pace with the leaders.

A late birdie at the 18th snuck him into the top 10, and he heads into the final day tied with American Ben Curtis and Dane Thomas Bjorn.

The ninth hole is somewhat of a nemesis for the Telkom PGA Championship’s defending champion – he made double-bogey on day one, bogey on day two and a further bogey on Saturday. Although his confidence in dealing with the ninth may be bruised, he must suck it in on Sunday to ensure that he heads into the stretch on the front foot.

After taking a break from golf last year due his back injury, Richard Sterne has struggled with endurance through tournaments, and on Saturday it showed. Despite opening with a solid 66, he carded 71 for round two, followed by a disappointing 74 on Saturday. He dropped 22 spots on the leaderboard during the third round and, at five-under-par, has plenty of work cut out for him on Sunday.

Jbe Kruger settled things down with a third-round 70 and will head into the final round in a share of 45th at four-under, while Branden Grace an James Kingston are tied 52nd at three-under.

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