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Stenson, RCB tied in Dubai, Woods adds swing coach

Third Round – European Tour – DP World Tour Championship – Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course – Dubai, United Arab Emirates –

Henrik Stenson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello co-lead the DP World Tour Championship through 54 holes in Dubai at the season-ending European Tour finale.

After his second-round 64, RCB backed it up with a 65 Saturday to tie Stenson for the 54-hole lead at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. The Earth Course took its toll in sections on World No. 1  Rory McIlroy.

The first-round leader after a 66, Rory managed to shoot 70 on day three which included back-to-back double bogeys on his scorecard. He sits 10-under and four back of the leaders alongside Victor Dubuisson (5-under-67 in round three) and Thorbjorn Olesen, a recent winner on the European Tour.

England’s Justin Rose is alone in third place at 11-under. He fired a back-nine 32 to stay within reach of the championship. At No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Rose won the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour in late June and then captured the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European Tour just a few weeks later on the European Tour.

For Cabrera-Bello, he was bogey-free on his third round and will play alongside Stenson, the defending champion Sunday. He is 104th in the world rankings with his last victory coming in 2013 at the .

Even with a victory, Stenson cannot catch Rory for the Race to Dubai title.

Other headliners are back in the pack including Sergio Garcia (T-26 at 5-under) and Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, who are both T-41 with 18 holes to play

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