Golf - Gallacher three ahead in Dubai

Britain's Stephen Gallacher holed a 40-yard bunker shot for an eagle at the 18th hole to put the seal on a sparkling 10-under 62 and take a three-shot lead after the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.

Gallacher, seeking to end a nine-year wait for a European Tour win, notched a 21-under total of 195 to streak clear of midway leader Richard Sterne (66) of South Africa with young Dane Thorbjorn Olesen (67) two strokes further back.

World number eight Lee Westwood, the highest-ranked player in the field, fired a 66 and is nine shots behind Gallacher, with whom he finished joint runner-up in last year's event.

Gallacher, nephew of former Ryder Cup captain Bernard, almost recorded an albatross (double eagle) at the par-five 13th when his second shot hit the flag and finished just four feet away.

There was never any doubt in the Scot's mind about his spectacular final shot however.

"The moment I hit it I knew it was either stiff or in," said the world number 111 whose only tour win came at the 2004 Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

"I struggled last week (at the Qatar Masters) and my driver cracked but with the new one I'm hitting more fairways and I've putted really good. I'm excited and looking forward to tomorrow," Gallacher said.

He said his knowledge of the Emirates Golf Club stood him in good stead.

"I'm pretty familiar with his course. I come out here on holiday with the family," added Gallacher.

In joint fourth place on 202 were Chile's Felipe Aguilar (66), Jeev Milkha Singh (67) of India and Britain's Tommy Fleetwood (69).

Former world number two Sergio Garcia, battling against shoulder pain, slipped down the field with a 71 for 206.

SCORES:

195 Stephen Gallacher (Britain) 63 70 62

198 Richard Sterne (South Africa) 62 70 66

200 Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 67 66 67

202 Felipe Aguilar (Chile) 68 68 66

Jeev Milkha Singh (India) 68 67 67

Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 65 68 69

203 Steve Webster (Britain) 69 69 65

Maximilian Kieffer (Germany) 66 68 69

204 Lee Westwood (Britain) 67 71 66

205 Robert Rock (Britain) 70 68 67

Justin Walters (South Africa) 68 70 67

Noh Seung-Yul (South Korea) 66 72 67

Gareth Maybin (Britain) 69 67 69

Marcus Fraser (Australia) 67 69 69

Andy Sullivan (Britain) 69 67 69

Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 70 66 69

Andreas Harto (Denmark) 67 67 71

Chris Doak (Britain) 65 69 71

206 Alexander Noren (Sweden) 68 71 67

Fredrik Andersson Hed (Sweden) 67 71 68

Raphael Jacquelin (France) 70 68 68

Ricardo Santos (Portugal) 66 71 69

Romain Wattel (France) 68 67 71

Sergio Garcia (Spain) 68 67 71

207 Garth Mulroy (South Africa) 71 70 66

Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 69 69 69

Scott Jamieson (Britain) 65 72 70

Matteo Manassero (Italy) 66 71 70

Ignacio Garrido (Spain) 69 68 70

Peter Lawrie (Ireland) 66 70 71

208 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 67 73 68

Marcel Siem (Germany) 68 72 68

Anthony Wall (Britain) 68 72 68

Lorenzo Gagli (Italy) 68 71 69

David Drysdale (Britain) 69 70 69

Todd Hamilton (U.S.) 70 68 70

Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain) 70 67 71

209 Jorge Campillo (Spain) 69 71 69

Robert-Jan Derksen (Netherlands) 68 72 69

Lee Slattery (Britain) 69 70 70

Gary Lockerbie (Britain) 68 70 71

Gregory Bourdy (France) 67 71 71

Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 69 69 71

Gregory Havret (France) 70 67 72

Paul Casey (Britain) 66 70 73

Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 68 68 73

210 Ricardo Gonzalez (Argentina) 71 70 69

Mikko Ilonen (Finland) 71 70 69

Craig Lee (Britain) 69 70 71

Marc Warren (Britain) 67 72 71

David Howell (Britain) 70 68 72

Eddie Pepperell (Britain) 68 70 72

Chris Wood (Britain) 68 68 74

211 David Horsey (Britain) 75 66 70

Robert Coles (Britain) 73 68 70

Simon Khan (Britain) 68 73 70

Maarten Lafeber (Netherlands) 69 71 71

Matthew Nixon (Britain) 69 69 73

212 Mark O'Meara (U.S.) 67 74 71

Alessandro Tadini (Italy) 70 71 71

Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 71 70 71

Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 71 68 73

213 Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 69 71 73

Damien McGrane (Ireland) 68 72 73

Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (France) 72 68 73

S.S.P. Chowrasia (India) 69 70 74

Keith Horne (South Africa) 68 71 74

214 Oliver Fisher (Britain) 69 72 73

Simon Dyson (Britain) 70 71 73

215 Tom Lewis (Britain) 69 72 74

Thomas Levet (France) 68 70 77