2 Feb 2014

Nine-under back nine gives Gallacher the lead in Dubai

4:12 pm on 2 February 2014

Scottish golfer Stephen Gallacher has produced one of the finest back nines in the history of the European Tour to stand on the verge of becoming the first player to successfully defend the Dubai Desert Classic.

The 39-year-old was doing nothing very much with seven straight pars and a bogey when he suddenly went on the rampage.

From the ninth, Gallacher nailed an eagle and eight birdies in 10 holes.

His nine-under 28 on the back nine equalled the European Tour record.

By the time he had finished at 16-under for the tournament, he was three clear of the field, although tournament favourite Rory McIlroy eased that back to two strokes by the end of the day.

Tiger Woods' hopes of winning the Dubai Desert Classic for a record-equalling third time were all but smashed after he carded a third round of 70.

Woods missed the cut in his first tournament of the year at Torrey Pines last week and admits that he is struggling to get his game together after a long winter break.