DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Englishman Lee Westwood took the third-round lead at the Dubai Desert Classic after shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday to go one shot clear of Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain and two others.
Westwood, three shots behind U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn at the start of the third round, had three birdies in his first four holes to move up the leaderboard. He birdied the 13th for a share of the lead with Bjorn and then went ahead by one when the Dane bogeyed the 15th.
Cabrera-Bello birdied the 18th to finish with a 3-under 70 to remain tied for second with Stephen Gallacher (68) of Scotland and Marcel Siem (68) of Germany. German Martin Kaymer (70) and Northern Irishman McIlroy (72) are among four players with a share of fifth place, two shots back. Bjorn (73) was a further shot back.