Day 3 of the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open brought yet another day of great golf on the beautiful Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course in Antalya, Turkey. Victor Dubuisson is your clubhouse leader heading into Sunday at 20-under for the tournament.
Big names like Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson remain squarely in contention through three rounds, but surprise contenders have also emerged in Dubuisson and Raphael Jacquelin. The unique blend of stars and lesser-known contenders should make for an even more interesting final day, as Dubuisson and others will have the opportunity to take on Woods and Stenson down the final stretch.
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Jacquelin was the man to watch in Saturday's early action. Birdies on the first and last four holes highlighted a tremendous day for the 39-year-old Frenchman. He shot a course record 62 to surge up the leaderboard and into contention in Day 4.
After firing a pedestrian 72 on the tournament's second day, it's safe to say his third round performance was the surprise of the day.
As usual, Woods was the main attraction in Turkey. After setting the course record on Friday, everyone wanted to see what he would do to follow up his stellar performance.
While he didn't come close to putting up the same remarkable score, he did manage to stay within striking distance heading into Sunday. He posted a 68 on the day to finish at 15-under.
Tiger's day was mostly marked by inconsistency, especially on the back nine, where he struggled to make any ground on Dubuisson's impressive lead.
Ian Poulter also figures to be a factor on Sunday. The 37-year-old with 12 European Tour wins has been a model of consistency all week in Turkey and continued that play with yet another solid round at 68 on the day.
He hasn't lit the course on fire in any given round this week, but his ability to find birdies and avoid too much trouble makes him a real threat to Dubuisson on the final day.
Despite the bevy of high-quality contenders, this tournament has belonged to Dubuisson so far. He was flawless in Round 3, collecting nine birdies on the day without a single bogey. With a commanding five stroke lead over Poulter heading into the final day, he'll be the odds-on favorite throughout Sunday's round.