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Rose leads after round three in Dubai golf

Rose leads after round three in Dubai golf

Rose needed to finish at least solo fourth, but the ensuing birdie only gave him a tied fourth place at 17-under par.

With a one shot lead and in the middle of the 18th fairway, Justin Rose does this.

Yet it still went to the wire - and if Rose had holed from the front fringe for eagle at the 72nd and final hole, he would have snatched the Dubai title. England's Tommy Fleetwood now tops the Race to Dubai, and is only two shots behind on 13-under alongside Burmester. It wasn't pretty. From 11 and 12 onwards, it was hard not to think about what Justin was doing. "It's very special", said Fleetwood.

The 26-year-old, who also became a father for the first time this year, has led the Race to Dubai standings for much of the campaign.

However, things changed dramatically on the back nine.

Rose is hoping to win the Race to Dubai - the season long moneylist - as a victory would enable the South African-born player to claim the season-long title.

L-R Justin ROse and Tommy Fleetwood
Rose greets Fleetwood on the 1st tee in Dubai Credit Getty Images

The season finale at Jumeirah Golf Estates was won by Spain's Jon Rahm, after he followed his impressive round of 65 on day three with a 67 on Sunday to become the only multiple victor of a Rolex Series tournament this season.

Rose carded 15-under through 54 holes.

Fleetwood came home in 30 for a second consecutive round of 65 on Saturday to sit at 13 under but Rose matched him to be two shots better off and one ahead of Dylan Frittelli and Jon Rahm.

The 23-year-old Spaniard said: "I think more than proving to anybody else, it's proving to myself that I belong here".

"He played fantastic for three-and-half days and that back nine showed golf can be a tough and unfair game, but I'll say it for a while that Race to Dubai champion is very, very cool".

"I didn't plan on being here at the beginning of the year and I sure didn't plan on winning it, so it's an incredible feeling".

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