Jon Rahm augmented his hopes of ending the year as No 1 by catching a share of the lead at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Rahm, that needs a top-two end to have a prospect of winning the Race birdied two of his final three holes to place a six-under 66 and get to 15 under.
The Spaniard is tied with Mike Lorenzo-Vera, that kept his overnight advantage until completing his third-round 69 while Rory McIlroy proceeded within 2 strokes of the head having a 65 on top.
Once Rahm started with back birdies, while McIlroy picked up shots struck a gorgeous three-wood in the par-five seventh to establish a eagle starting the day Lorenzo-Vera quickly saw his head cut.
The world No 2 then drained a 25-footer in the eighth to briefly get for Lorenzo-Vera, only within one of their lead to roll up at a five-footer at the first and add another birdie in the par-five next.
After three-putting from the green, because Lorenzo-Vera holed his putt from the fringe in the ninth to make it to the turn four 36, rahm birdied the seventh but dropped a shot.
Playing in the team Rahm converted from four feet in the 10th and chipped in from off the green to reduce the gap to 2, with McIlroy birdieing the 14th and 16th to also get to 13 under.
Lorenzo-Vera forced a 10-footer to save par in the 12th before rolling to extend his benefit, as Rahm added a second in the par-five continue to set the target and birdied the 16th.
Together with his lead down to a single, overlook and Lorenzo-Vera found water off the 18th however found the green with his third shot only to conduct his attempt six feet.
McIlroy caught up and down to save par after finding water with his strategy to stay within a few of the guide , together using Tommy Fleetwood a further two strokes back in fourth after a 70.
While defending champion Danny Willett is in tied-seventh alongside Christiaan Bezuidenhout Another successive 68 raised Thomas Pieters into fifth place ahead of last weeks Nedbank Golf Challenge runner-up Marcus Kinhult.
Bernd Wiesbergers hopes of finishing the season are after the Rush to Dubai pioneer posted four bogeys in a five-hole stretch his way to some one-over 72, leaving him tied-24th and 2 under for the championship.
The Austrian will now be relying to complete outside of the top-two, while the Bob MacIntyre of Scotland is in pole position to win Rookie of the Year following a four-under 68 raised him inside the top-20.
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