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Saturday, 04 February 2017
Henrik Stenson during his third round at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic  (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson during his third round at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson is relishing his final-day battle with Sergio Garcia when the pair go out in the final group at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.

The duo have been two of the biggest stars of the European Tour in the last 20 years and will both be going in search of a 12th title at Emirates Golf Club, in what is set to be a thrilling fourth round.

Stenson is the reigning Open and Race to Dubai champion while Garcia is looking for his first crown since the 2014 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, but it is the Spaniard who holds a three-shot lead in the desert.

A birdie on the last in almost pitch darkness handed Garcia some breathing room, and Stenson will be looking to apply some early pressure on his four-time Ryder Cup team-mate.

"It's great to be in the last match tomorrow," he said. "I'm three behind Sergio so that's where I want to be to try and apply some pressure on the front nine.

"Anytime you can be within a couple of shots heading into the back nine, you can make it happen. I'm very pleased with the day's work."

Stenson faced 31 holes on Saturday in the second and third rounds after Friday's wind delays and made 11 birdies and two bogeys combined, with his final gain coming in the darkness on the 18th green.

"It was a good back nine," he said. "I'm happy to get the round finished. We had to rush a little bit here to get on 18 and hit it on the green in two, which is nice. Then we just tried to get that down in two.

I'm three behind Sergio so that's where I want to be to try and apply some pressure on the front nine - Henrik Stenson

"It's hard with the pace in the dark and I hit it about four and a half feet by so I had a little tester coming back. But a nice putt and closed out the day nicely.

"It's been really good when it's been on and then there's been some very poor shots in between but I managed to save myself a lot.

"I'm very pleased with the way I rolled it for the three rounds and I hope I can keep on doing that tomorrow."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1GARCIA, SergioESP18-19
2STENSON, HenrikSWE18-16
T3JENSEN, LasseDEN18-14
T3HATTON, TyrrellENG18-14
T5FITZPATRICK, MatthewENG18-12
T5UIHLEIN, PeterUSA18-12

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