Willett delighted to be on top, says win would be special
Danny Willett of England tees off on the 1st hole during 3rd round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo)
Dubai - The 28-year-old from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, came up with another seven under on the day for an overall 16 under, one shot ahead of Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello at the Majlis Course of the Emirates Golf Club on Saturday.
England's Danny Willett said he was delighted to card another identical round of 65 which put him in sole lead of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and added that it would be special if he went on to win it from here.
The 28-year-old from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, came up with another seven under on the day for an overall 16 under, one shot ahead of Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello at the Majlis Course of the Emirates Golf Club on Saturday.
"It was good and I played great golf today. I played really good yesterday (Friday) and kept the foot down and could have been a couple better today (Saturday), in all fairness, but, yeah, delighted," Willett said after his round.
And Willett was hoping he could go on a clinch victory on Sunday. "It would be nice to win every single event that we play over the span of your career, but yeah, this would be special," he said.
Victory on Sunday will give Willett his fourth title on the European Tour. His maiden victory was the BMW International Open in 2012, where he won in a play-off against Australian Marcus Fraser.
His second win came at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in 2014, where he beat compatriot Ross Fisher by four strokes and his third was the Omega European Masters last year where he won by one stroke over countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Meanwhile, overnight leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who slipped to second despite shooting another five-under for 15-under in total, was pleased with his score and said that there is still a lot to play for, going into Sunday.
"First of all I'm very pleased with the score, minus five again and to be just one behind the leader.
The 31-year-old had won here in 2012 and felt he still has a chance to make it a second Desert Classic title.
"There's still a lot to play for. I need to play aggressive, keep playing as good as I am to give myself a chance. Lots of players are not far off the lead and all of them are going to have a chance tomorrow and they are definitely all as hungry as I am, if not more. So just play my best, stay positive, try to make lots of birdies and hope the putts keep going in," he said.
"A second win here would be very special. Obviously, here, it's even extra special, because it would be the first time I win a tournament two times. I join a pretty elite group of players, Tiger is there, Ernie is there, so that would be pretty special, yeah, Stephen, as well," added the Spaniard.
England's Andy Sullivan, who came up with a six-under for an overall 14-under to be placed third, said that it was satisfying to be in the mix and added that he couldn't wait forSunday.
"It's very nice, blemish-free again. I drove the ball well and gave myself lots of opportunities today and hit a lot of putts. It is very satisfying to be in the position I am on the leaderboard and I can't wait until tomorrow (Sunday)," said Sullivan.
The 28-year-old has three wins on the European Tour, with all of them coming last year. He won the South African Open Championship, The Johannesburg Open as well as the Portugal Masters.