Shubhankar makes cut in Dubai, Chawrasia misses out
Dubai: Shubhankar Sharma carded 69 and 71 in the second and third round respectively to lie tied 55th but experienced SSP Chawrasia missed the cut in the morning at the weather-hit Omega Dubai Desert Classic here on Saturday.
Shubhankar logged a second successive 69 in the second round to get to six-under 138 and then shot 71 in the third round to drop to Tied-55th.
In the morning, Chawrasia missed the cut as he followed up his first round of 70 with a second round 71 to total three-under 141. The cut fell at five-under 139.
Li Haotong will take a one-shot lead into the final round but he will have two-time winner Rory McIlroy breathing down his neck at Emirates Golf Club. The Chinese fired a 64 to get to 20-under and will be aiming for not just a second European Tour victory tomorrow but also the new low record to par, set at 22-under by Thomas Bjorn in 2001.
McIlroy was not always at his brilliant best in round three but a back nine of 32 saw him sign for a 68 as he aims to equal Ernie Els as a three-time winner at this event. Alexander Levy and Haydn Porteous were at 17-under, a shot clear of Andy Sullivan and two ahead of David Horsey. Horsey was 15-under after a 68, a shot clear of Rafa Cabrera Bello, Dylan Frittelli, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton, David Lipsky, Olesen, Chris Paisley and Jeunghun Wang. Haotong said: "I've never been in this position before so it's going to be fun out there tomorrow (Sunday).
"Hopefully I can do my best out there and have some low scores. I just want to play by myself and play my game. I thought if I just stayed patient, I'll play good. So I just stayed patient all day." McIlroy had played the remaining seven holes of his second round in five under in the morning to lead by two and he briefly
had a three-shot advantage after getting up and down following a booming drive down the second.