Patrick Reed rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt at the last hole to move into a three-way tie for the lead going into the final round of the World Tour Championship.
It kept him on track to become the first American to finish a season as the European Tour’s No. 1 player but it was crowded at the top.
Reed, who shot a one-under par 71, was tied with Englishmen Laurie Canter (68) and Matt Fitzpatrick (69) at 11-under overall in the season-ending event at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Reed leads the Race to Dubai standings and will be assured of winning what was formerly known as the Order of Merit title with a victory.
“I’m trying not to think about that,” Reed said. “If it happens, it will be unbelievable … To be the first American to win the Race to Dubai would be amazing.”
Reed, Canter and Fitzpatrick all birdied the 18th to break free of a logjam that saw seven players tied at 10-under about 30 minutes before the end of the round.
Viktor Hovland (66), Robert MacIntyre (66), Lee Westwood (68) and Adri Arnaus (67) all ended up a shot back at 10-under.
The 47-year-old Westwood would also claim the Race to Dubai title with a win. He’s seeking to finish the season as No.1 European Tour player for the third time, after also doing so in 2000 and 2009.