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Willett cards 65 to grab Dubai lead by 1

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Danny Willett shot a second successive round of seven-under par 65 to enjoy a one-shot advantage on top of the Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard after the third round Saturday.

The Englishman, who made a gallant attempt to win the European Tour number one crown but eventually finished second to Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai, moved to 16-under par for the tournament, with 2012 champion Rafael Cabrera-Bello in second place at 15-under with his third consecutive round of 67.

Defending champion McIlroy saved his round with another blistering back nine performance, but will begin the final day eight shots behind Willett at 208 after a four-under par 68 round.

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Money Leaders: European
Rank Player Earnings
1 H.Stenson €866,980
2 B.Grace €779,332
3 C.Wood €407,069
4 C.Schwartzel €388,168
5 T.Pieters €282,050
6 D.Willett €262,524
7 V.Dubuisson €254,536
8 N.Holman €241,501
9 B.An €236,133
10 R.Cabrera-Bello €235,661
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