Jeev thrives in adversity

Dubai: Jeev Milkha Singh dedicated a sparkling eight-under-par 64 to his ailing 76-year-old mother after equalling the course record in the DP World Tour Championship third round on Saturday.

Jeev, who is nursing an injured finger, hit nine birdies against one bogey to take his total to seven-under 209. He was placed tied 25th after the third round.

Jeev became the seventh player to shoot 64 on the Earth Course, and he may well have the record for himself but for a 15-foot putt grazing the hole on the 18th.

Jeev's 64 came 24 hours after Sergio Garcia produced an eight-under effort to equal the Earth record previously held by Britons Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher, Swede Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer of Germany and last year's tournament winner Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and second-ranked Luke Donald shot matching six-under-par 66s to sprint three strokes clear of their nearest rivals on 17-under 199 and will engage in a head-to-head showdown for the $1.33-million first prize on Sunday.

Jeev said his mother Nirmal was in intensive care in Chandigarh after taking a nasty fall in the garden. "She has fractured her knee and the fibula bone and needs major surgery," the 10-time European Tour winner said.

"She needs some plates put in and that surgery is going to take place tomorrow morning. We are hoping and praying that everything goes fine and she comes out well."

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