Golfing scientist DeChambeau sets records at Dubai Desert

Ernie Els is closing in on the 300th top-10 of his career

Ernie Els is closing in on the 300th top-10 of his career

I've been a professional for a very long time and I've got one more year before I'm 50.

Els, whose first of his three Desert Classic wins came 25 year ago in 1994, was under no illusions regarding the task at hand if he is to lift the trophy on Sunday.DeChambeau made two stunning birdies from the desert on the third and the eighth hole in his 66, which also included three bogeys. "I just go out and try and dominate the golf course to the best of my ability, and hopefully that will show tomorrow".

"Shoot, I'm still leading, obviously".

"But again, going back to it being my first worldwide win, I really couldn't be more pleased to have this tournament be my first global win, European Tour win".

Els said he expects a mark of around 20-under-par will be needed to win the tournament, which was claimed by China's Li Haotong - who is just two shots off the lead - in 2018.

"It was pretty decent today".

Herbert, who shared the second-round lead with DeChambeau, recovered well from getting a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie in a bunker at the third hole.

Quiros had an ugly end to his round, making double-bogey at the par-5 last after finding the water surrounding the green off his second shot, hitting his fourth shot into thick rough at the back of the green, and then duffing his chip.

Herbert continues his rapid rise in the game, his only real blemish this week coming when penalised for scraping the sand removing loose impediments with a club on the 3rd hole when playing in the final group with DeChambeau on Saturday.

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

Although DeChambeau will not move up in the world rankings on the back of this win, he will close the gap on the four players above him and has his sights set on Justin Rose in top spot. "I have done it before". "I've done it before, and so if the worst comes to worst tomorrow, I'll figure out a way".

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