Turkish Airlines Open: Victor Dubuisson roars five clear at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal
Victor Dubuisson fired a nine-under 63 to take a five-shot lead after the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open.
Last Updated: 10/11/13 3:24pm
His flawless nine-under par round at the par 72 Montgomerie Maxx Royal took him to 21-under - five in front of Ian Poulter and six clear of world number one Tiger Woods, Race To Dubai leader Henrik Stenson, French compatriot Raphael Jacquelin and Spain's Alejandro Canizares.
Dubuisson - one of the four joint overnight leaders alongside Poulter, Stenson and Justin Walters - made his move with birdies at the first four holes and added another at the par three eighth to reach the turn in just 30, giving him a two-shot lead.
The 23-year-old, who has yet to win on the European Tour, made an excellent up and down to birdie the par five 13th before holing out from four feet after firing at the flag at the par three 14th.
Now three clear, Dubuisson showed his aggressive intent by driving the short par four 15th green. A two-putt for his third birdie on the spin took him to 20-under and extended his lead to four and that became five after a four at the long 18th.
European Tour record
The early clubhouse lead had been set in spectacular fashion by Jacquelin who equalled the European Tour record of 12 birdies in a single round with a sensational 10-under 62.
Jacquelin started with four birdies before taking a double bogey at five, reeled off four in a row around the turn and made another quartet over the four closing holes.
His 12-birdie haul tied the tour record held by Darren Clarke (1999), Russell Claydon (1995), Fred Couples (1991), Ernie Els (1994) and Jeppe Huldahl (2010).
Woods, after his excellent 63 on Friday, looked as if he might reel in Dubuisson after holing a 30 footer for birdie at the 14th to go five-under for the day.
But he bogeyed the 15th, suffered another at the par three 16th after his tee-shot finished up against a tree and then hooked a wild drive into the trees at 18 which was lucky to stay in bounds.
Somehow he walked off the last with a birdie four but with Dubuisson piling on the birdies Woods ended the round six shots in arrears having started it just one back.
Stenson was fast out of the blocks with two early birdies briefly giving him the outright lead on 14-under but he then stalled, playing the next 10 in one-over.
A hat-trick of birdies at 13, 14 and 15 got him back on track but after pars at 16 and 17 he made a messy bogey six at the last to drop to 15-under, six back.
Poulter, who never really hit top gear in a four-under 68, secured his place in the final group alongside Dubuisson and Jacquelin with a 10 footer for birdie at 18.
Dubuisson is currently 49th in the Race To Dubai but is projected to leap to eighth if he can hold on for victory on Sunday.