Date: November 10, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Dubuisson charges into Turkish Open lead

Victor Dubuisson shot a nine-under 63 to race into the lead of the Turkish Open going into Sunday&aposs final round, while Australian Marcus Fraser is tied for 39th. The Frenchman produced a flawless performance around the course as he began his penultimate round with four consecutive birdies. Five more followed as he opened up a substantial lead over his nearest contenders. Dubuisson is yet to win on the European Tour this season but goes into the last day with a healthy five-shot advantage over the second-placed Ian Poulter. “I think I will sleep easy tonight, but it will be very stressed I think,” he said. “I try not to think about it because if I think about it, I will put too much pressure on myself. But I know tomorrow Tiger (Woods) and Henrik (Stenson, who are both 15 under par) – they will shoot very low score, so I have to keep the same strategy. “I know I have a five-shot lead, but with all these great players, tomorrow it will be a very tough day.” Of the four leaders at the end of the second round, only Poulter and Stenson remain in contention, with Thomas Bjorn and Darren Fichardt both dropping back with rounds of one under. Poulter&aposs round of 68 included five birdies – and a bogey on the par-four seventh – and means he sits alone in second, one shot clear of four players tied for third. Race to Dubai leader Stenson is among that group, and he started his penultimate round well with two birdies at the opening two holes. A bogey at seven meant he hit the turn one-under par, but the Swede added three consecutive birdies on the back nine, and carded a three under par 68 after a bogey at the last. Raphael Jacquelin was the biggest mover of the day as he shot an astonishing 10-under 62 to surge into joint third place and within six shots of the leader going into the final round. Jacquelin jumped 29 places on the leaderboard as he carded 12 birdies – a European Tour record – with the only blemish on his round being a double bogey five at the par 3 fifth. World number one Woods and Alejandro Canizares complete the four-strong group on 15-under as the former followd up his sensational second round of 63 with a 68 on day three. Fraser, meanwhile, carded a round of 71 to sit seven under alongside Lee Westwood (73), Tommy Fleetwood (69), Thorbjorn Olesen (71), David Howell (67), Padraig Harrington (71), Rafa Cabrera-Bello (69) and Gregory Havret (68). Brett Rumford is the only other Aussie in the field and he is five under overall following his round of 78.