Herbert concedes Dubai Desert Classic lead

American Bryson DeChambeau has taken the lead at the Dubai Desert Classic after Australian Lucas Herbert was penalised for improving his lie.

27-Jan-2019 By Australian Associated Press
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Australian Lucas Herbert surrendered the lead in the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament to Bryson DeChambeau after a deserved penalty and four bogeys in his third round.

Herbert had shared the second-round lead with American but received a two-stroke penalty on Saturday for improving his lie in a bunker at the third hole.

The Victorian grounded his club in the sand and used his wedge to move loose impediments around his ball, with the incident caught on camera.

Herbert was only informed about the penalty while walking down the fairway on the ninth hole.

He recovered late to make par and sit four shots off the pace in equal fifth with Finland's Kalle Samooja, Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Spaniard Alvaro Quiros.

Meanwhile, World No.5 DeChambeau fired a four-under 68 in the third round to take a one-shot lead over defending champion Li Haotong.

DeChambeau, who is bidding to claim his maiden European Tour victory, had two straight bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes but ended the round strongly with four birdies after the turn, for a total of six on the day, to go 16-under for the tournament.

Hot on DeChambeau's heels is Li, who shot a third straight round of 67, finishing with two consecutive birdies, to come back into contention.

Four-times major winner Ernie Els was two strokes behind the Chinese golfer, tied for third alongside England's Matt Wallace.

Australian Jason Scrivener scraped through one-under in his third round to sit in equal ninth.

Scott Hend hit four bogeys to finish three-over and down in equal 51st place, while Wade Ormsby carded a forgettable four bogeys and a double bogey to finish five-over and 10 places below his compatriot.

Finally, Sam Brazel is down in equal 67th with his 13th hole eagle not enough to salvage three bogeys and a double bogey, which put him two over.


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