Amazing 60 from Wallace outshines Min Woo Lee in Dubai

Matt Wallace has shot a stunning third-round 60 to power into the lead at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, including nine straight birdies on the inward stretch at the Earth Course.

On a moving day when Min Woo Lee moved into the top-15 with a fine seven-under round of 65, the Australian and the rest of the star-studded field all had to cede top billing to the amazing exploits of 33-year-old Wallace.

He registered 12 birdies in all in his 12-under-par round as he raced up the leaderboard to move into a one-shot lead over Ryder Cup stars Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland on Saturday.

He had been on for a 59, but just missed his bunker chip at the last before completing his final hole with a four - his ninth birdie in a row.

"That's ridiculous!" Hovland laughed when learning of Wallace's 60.

Wallace matched the European tour records of nine consecutive birdies, set by Australian James Nitties in the 2019 Vic Open, and 12 birdies for a round by Raphael Jacquelin in the 2013 Turkish Open.

But the marks won't count as official because of the preferred lies in use due to turf softened by overnight rain.

Told of his feats, Wallace told Sky Sports: "Equalled? Didn't get it!

"What a day, amazing day. I just tried my hardest to get myself back into the tournament, so I'm really happy I've been able to do that and played great.

"At the end there, I didn't even think it was for a 59, honestly. I think it helped me a little bit.

"I just played really nice coming down the stretch. Just wanted to keep getting one more if I could and I managed to do that."

Regarding the potential 59, he added: "Yeah, kind of gutted now actually a little bit! Great opportunity to do it.

"I've done it at Moor Park on the West Course which is only a par 68, but to do it out there would have been really special today. Ball in hand (preferred lies) helps. I had a couple good lies for up-and-down, but it was fantastic and a good effort."

Min Woo Lee
Australian Min Woo Lee shot a 65 to move into the top-15 at Dubai's Earth Course.

Lee was among a host of players who went low, producing an eagle three at the seventh hole en route to his bogey-free 65 that left him at 10 under, six shots off the top, in joint-14th place.

Rory McIlroy also went round in a seven-under 65 but it will take a performance of Wallace-like magnitude to get him into contention on Sunday, as the Race to Dubai winner sits eight shots behind.

Lucas Herbert, the other Australian in the field, recorded a 74 to move back to one under, tied for 41st in the 50-strong line-up.

Among the best rounds of the day was Jeff Winther's 64 which has left him two shots off the lead, while his Danish Ryder Cup teammate Nicolai Hojgaard was three behind alongside Scot Ewan Ferguson, who also blasted an eight-under 64.