Herbert concedes Dubai Desert Classic lead

The American golfer is leading the Dubai Desert Classic after three rounds and closing in on his first victory overseas, but he is still not happy.

World number 527 Ernie Els put himself in contention for a first win since 2013 with a seven-under-par round of 65 at the Dubai Desert Classic.

DeChambeau, who is bidding to claim his maiden European Tour victory, was not completely satisfied with his display despite holding an advantage heading into Sunday's final round at the Emirates Golf Club.

"I'm just not 100 per cent with my golf game right now", DeChambeau told Sky Sports.

"It was obviously a lot of fun to be able to finally hoist an worldwide trophy, I'm so happy about that. It's fantastic. I couldn't be displeased with that, but my expectation levels are for how I know I can perform, and I feel like I'm underperforming a little bit", said the man who has won three times in his last eight starts on the PGA Tour. I just felt uncomfortable, unfortunately, on a lot of them, and consequently my ball-striking is just not my best.

The four-time major victor carded seven birdies and an eagle to reach 11 under, a shot off the lead after 36 holes.

"But I'm still in the lead, still got the job done".

Three-time victor Ernie Els (70) and Matt Wallace (69) are two shots further back after three rounds.

The rejuvenated Alvaro Quiros (71) of Spain looked like joining Li in second place, but wound up with a double bogey after hitting his second shot into the water on the 18th hole and was tied fifth at 12-under. "I can't express how awesome it would be to win on the European Tour", DeChambeau added.

"Coming back here as a professional, being an amateur in 2016, I believe, I was expecting a lot of good things because I knew I played well here".

DeChambeau started his third round with five straight pars, and was three shots behind after bogeys at Nos. "I've done it before, and so if the worst comes to worst tomorrow, I'll figure out a way".


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