Golf-Reed is supported by Canter, Fitzpatrick, on the Dubai leaderboard

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(Reuters) – American Patrick Reed carded a disappointing third round 71 to take the lead with Laurie Canter and Matthew Fitzpatrick in Saturday’s European Tour DP World Tour Championship.

Overnight guide Reed finished the tournament in Dubai at 11 after playing birdies on the 15th and 18th holes after two bogies.

Canter made five birdies in a round of 68 while fellow English compatriot Fitzpatrick shot a 69 in the back of four birdies to join him at the top of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Former world number one Lee Westwood was one stroke behind fourth in a group of four and up to 14 players were within five strokes of the lead, which posed a daunting task for Reed to become the European number one will.

“I’m not really trying to think about it,” Reed said. “If it happens it would be amazing. It was always a goal to win golf tournaments, but to win this one and also win the race to Dubai and be the first American would be amazing.

“We have a full 18 holes left and you can’t really sit back and think so much about how to just stay in the present and try to play good golf.”

Fitzpatrick was happy with the consistent performance.

“I limited the mistakes … didn’t necessarily give myself too many chances, but the most important thing was that I kept in touch with the guys in the front and the nice birdie at the final goal,” he said.

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