Day three digest: DP World Tour Championship, Dubai

Everything you need to know from day three at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Jumeirah Golf Estates

Rory and Rahm ripped it up, Groves showed why he's World Number One and MacIntyre took a big step towards rookie glory on day three of the eighth Rolex Series event of the season.

Here is everything you need to know from day three at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Numbers game for Rahm

A first Race to Dubai title. A second DP World Tour Championship, Dubai title. A third win of the season. A fourth Rolex Series title. There is plenty on the line for Jon Rahm on Sunday but nothing bigger than emulating the great Seve Ballesteros - the only Spaniard to ever be Europe's Number One. He heads into the final round at 15 under, in a share of the lead and provisionally top of the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex. "It gives me goosebumps to think about that," he said. "I've said it many times, as a Spanish player, any time you join or you have the chance to put your name on a list where there's only one name and that name is Seve, it's pretty impactful. It's really emotional for all of us."

MLV looking for history

No player has ever won the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai wire to wire and no player has ever taken home a winner's cheque of US$3million. If Mike Lorenzo-Vera claims his maiden European Tour victory on Sunday, he will do both. A bogey after finding the water at the last was his only blemish in a 69 and he shares the lead with Rahm. "Maybe tomorrow you shoot six under and then you put your family out of any trouble for the rest of your life," he said. "So of course it's going to add some pressure. To win in Dubai, only the big names do it, and that would be really awesome for me, for my confidence and my career and to achieve that tomorrow would be really an awesome achievement."

Rory bounces back

Rory McIlroy has won this event twice before so it was no surprise when he was the calmest man in Dubai after following an opening 64 with a 74. A third round 65 put him just two off the lead and it will take a brave person to bet against him making it a DP World Tour Championship, Dubai hat-trick.

Groves takes EDGA glory

It was easy to see George Groves' class when he finished second at the EDGA Scottish Open so it was no surprise to see him lift the trophy at the EDGA Dubai Finale. The Englishman has just 20 per cent strength in his left arm due to a condition called Erb's Palsy but that has not stopped him rising to the top of the World Rankings and he is hopeful others can follow in his footsteps. "It's really good to get us involved and on TV and show other people with disabilities get more into golf and, instead of lounging around at home, be confident in themselves and get out there and show what you can do," he said.

MacIntyre on the brink

The Race for the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award has been a close run thing all season. Robert MacIntyre entered the week less than 100 points ahead of Kurt Kitayama and the pair were separated by just one stroke going into the weekend. Well at last there is some breathing room, as MacIntyre's 68 on Saturday gave him a ten shot lead over his rival. Barring a truly remarkable turnaround, the Scot will be crowned the European Tour's best newcomer on Sunday. "It's a great achievement," he said. "Once it came in my sight then that was obviously a goal that we set and, to be in with a shout now, it would mean everything for the season I've had."

Frankie's super fan

Francesco Molinari may be surrendering his Race to Dubai crown on Sunday but we still love him. Although probably not as much as this guy.

Read next