Ernie Els Surges to Take Lead in Dubai

South African Ernie Els (ranked #5 in the world) had five birdies and an eagle to move up from 5th place after round two to first place after round three at the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates. His round was electric with a 7-under 65.

Els actually set the course record with an 11-under 61 in 1994. He has won this even three times. Els opened "THE ELS CLUB" this week in Dubai. Located in Dubai Sports City, the Ernie Els designed golf course is 7,538 yards. It is the fifth course Els designed and the first in the Middle East.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden is one stroke behind the leader.

Tiger Woods had a more challenging day and is now four strokes out of the lead and in a 6 way tie. Among the five are Sergio Garcia and Damien McGrane of Ireland. The cameras have been a consistent issue. On the 8th hole, Woods yelled at a professional photographer who took a shot during a backswing. Marshalls ejected a few fans for inappropriately taking photographs.

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