Britain's Ian Poulter kept up his bid for back to back victories by taking a two stroke lead after the Dubai World Championship third round on Saturday.
Last week's Hong Kong Open winner carded a three under 69 for a 12 under total of 204, two ahead of fellow countryman and playing partner Ross Fisher (71), Italian Francesco Molinari (68) and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (69).
One stroke further adrift were world number one Lee Westwood (71) and Swede Robert Karlsson (67).
Martin Kaymer found the water with his approach shot and double-bogeyed the par five 18th but was still poised to finish the year as Europe's number one.
The German, who has a lead of 290,000 euros over second placed Graeme McDowell in the money list, finished with a 73 for 210.
Briton McDowell, who will probably need to win this week's tournament to overhaul Kaymer in the Race to Dubai, was four strokes adrift of the German after shooting a 69 in the season finale.
Up for grabs for Kaymer and McDowell, the only two players who can top the money-list, is a $1.26 million cheque for winning the tournament plus a $1.5 million bonus for finishing the season as Europe's number one.