Ernie Els shot 7-under-par 65 to take a one-shot lead going into the final round at the Dubai Desert Classic as Tiger Woods fell out of the top spot.
Els, a three-time winner of the event, had an eagle and five birdies in his third round at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. The South African is 11-under for the tournament, one shot better than defending champion Henrik Stenson.
Woods, who led after each of the first two days, shot 1- over-par 73 to drop four strokes behind Els. He's tied for fifth place on 7-under with Sergio Garcia, Peter Hedblom, Shiv Kapur, Martin Kaymer and Damien McGrane.
Els was 2-under through nine holes today before making an eagle-3 to start his back nine. He added three more birdies and finished with the day's lowest score by two shots.
"I enjoyed it today," Els, runner-up in the event the past two years, said on the European PGA Tour's Web site. "It was a round that I really needed."
The Dubai Desert Classic brings to a climax the European Tour's three-week visit to the Gulf that began with the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and included the Qatar Masters. From November 2009, the Tour finale will be the $10 million Dubai World Championship, the richest tournament in golf.
Stenson, the runner-up at Abu Dhabi and Qatar the past two weeks, shot 68 to reach 10-under overall. The Swede started his round with three straight birdies, before a bogey at the fifth hole, then added two birdies on the back-nine.
Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood are tied for third at 8- under. McDowell shot 69 today, while Westwood had a 68.
Woods missed a short birdie putt to open his round and then bogeyed No. 2 after hitting his second shot into the water. The world's top-ranked golfer finished with three bogeys and two birdies on the day."I didn't play well today," Woods said on the European Tour's Web site. "Never really gave myself a lot of looks at birdies."
FBR OPEN: At Scottsdale, Ariz., J.B. Holmes shot a 5-under 66 in the FBR Open to build a two-shot lead in front of a record 170,802 partying fans.
Holmes, who won the FBR as a rookie in 2006 but is winless since, took a 14-under 199 total into Sunday's final round with just over $1 million at stake for the winner on the desert layout at TPC Scottsdale.
Charles Warren, co-leader after the first round, shot a 67, bogeying the final hole, to match Jonathan Byrd (68) at 12 under. Byrd had a 68.
Ben Crane (67) and Nick O'Hern (68) were 11 under, and two-time champion Phil Mickelson (67) was in a group of six at 10 under.The turnout, which featured gridlock in front of concession stands and along the path between the 18th and 16th holes, broke the single-day record of 168,337 set in 2006. With one day to go, the tournament has drawn 466,551 fans. Turnout always falls considerably for the Sunday round, even when the Super Bowl is not just down the road, but the overall tournament attendance record of 536,767 is well within reach.
WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Australia's Lindsey Wright shot her third straight 1-under 72 in slippery and windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Karrie Webb and Shin Ji-yai in the Women's Australian Open in Melbourne.
Wright had a 3-under 216 total on the Kingston Heath course. Webb, seeking her fourth victory in the event, shot a 73. Shin had a 74.