DP World Tour Championship: Matt Wallace tops leaderboard after nine straight birdies

DP World Tour Championship - third round leaderboard

-16 M Wallace (Eng); -15 T Fleetwood (Eng), V Hovland (Nor); -14 J Winther (Den), N Hojgaard (Den); -13 E Ferguson (Sco)

Selected others: -11 J Rahm (Spa); -10 R Macintyre (Sco); -8 D Bradbury (Eng), R McIlroy (NI); -7 T Hatton (Eng), M Fitzpatrick (Eng)

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Matt Wallace made a European Tour record-equalling nine consecutive birdies to go top of the leaderboard at the DP World Tour Championship.

Wallace, 33, shot a stunning third-round 60 which included 12 birdies in total to end the day 16 under in Dubai.

He is a shot ahead of fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Norway's Viktor Hovland tied for second.

"It's pretty special. I love making birdies - I always want to make one more," Wallace told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I putted nicely which is a change from the form I've been in. We've been working towards this so it's really nice it came good on the back nine."

Wallace had been on course for a round of 59 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, but he hit the bunker on the par-five 18th to complete the hole in four.

However, nine birdies in a row equalled Australian James Nitties' tour record from the 2019 Vic Open, while he also tied the tour record of 12 birdies for a round made by Raphael Jacquelin of France at the Turkish Open in 2013.

"I'll always have that which is nice," added Wallace.

"I always want to push forward and guess that showed out there. I needed something like that to get me hunt."

Wallace had started the day at four-under but surged up the leaderboard to move above Fleetwood, who carded a six-under round of 66.

Overnight leader Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark is tied for third at 14 under with compatriot Jeff Winther, while Scotland's Ewen Ferguson is a further shot back.

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