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Sunday Showdown Awaits In Dubai

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Justin Rose is on the verge of closing out an historic run to end the European season, a third consecutive trophy and victory in the year-long Race to Dubai within his grasp at the season’s final event.

The 37-year-old holds a one-shot lead over Spain’s Jon Rahm and South African Dylan Frittelli with one round remaining at the DP World Championship as he aims to cap off an extraordinary month of golf.

After winning the WGC HSBC tournament in China three weeks ago Rose backed up with victory at the Turkish Airlines Open the following week.

He skipped the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa last week and that decision has paid dividends as he sits 15-under through 54 holes with rounds of 66-70-65.

At a combined 57-under-par for his last 11 rounds of golf the 2013 US Open champion has been in rare form but knows the job is far from done.

“It's really condensed,” Rose said of a leaderboard where 10 players are within five shots of the lead.

“One-shot lead with a pack like that behind you doesn't mean much. It's just going to be whoever comes out tomorrow and really plays well.”

Tommy Fleetwood, whose lead in the Race Dubai looked assured before Rose’s fireworks in recent weeks, has fought back bravely from an opening 73 and with scores of 63-65 sits two behind the leader with what promises to be a thrilling finish.

“Above all, whether I win it or not, or whether Justin wins it, one of us will have deserved it,” Fleetwood said.

“It's been an absolute pleasure trying to win a Race to Dubai, coming down these last few events, and especially this week now.

“The week could have gone not quite as how you wanted it, not being in contention or anything. So last day of the season and I've got a chance to win The Race to Dubai, it's cool.”

Scott Hend signed for his third consecutive sub-par round of the week but at 8-under is seven off the pace and likely out of contention.

He is the best of the Australasians at T22, Ryan Fox 5-under and T33 and Andrew Dodt even par for the week and T51.

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