Gallacher equals tour record to overhaul McIlroy
By Matt Smith
DUBAI (Reuters) - Champion Stephen Gallacher amassed seven birdies and an eagle on the back nine on Saturday, tying a European Tour record, as the scintillating Scot snatched the Dubai Desert Classic third-round lead from Rory McIlroy.
Gallacher, 39, blitzed his way to a nine-under-par 63 - the joint lowest round of this year's event - to finish with a 16-under total of 200, two clear of world number six McIlroy having started the day four adrift.
World number one Tiger Woods again failed to sparkle, returning a 70 to end up 11 shots off the pace.
After picking up four strokes on the front nine of his opening round, the 14-times major winner has made just six birdies in 45 holes.
"I wasted a lot of opportunities out there today," a frustrated Woods told reporters.
"I only hit a couple of bad shots and missed a ton of putts. I really hit it good and just threw away a lot of shots."
At the other end of the spectrum, Gallacher gobbled up most of his chances.
"It was a bit of a struggle to start with especially the first three holes," the Scot said. Continued...