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Rory McIlroy leads in Dubai with Shane Lowry three behind

Rory McIlroy will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai after a third round of 67 moved him to 14 under, one clear of Sam Horsfield with Shane Lowry a further two shots behind.

A bad tee shot at the first, which was lucky not to go out of bounds, saw McIlroy open with a bogey but from there he got into his groove on a course where he has won twice before.

Birdies at the second and third got him under par for the day and more would follow at the sixth, ninth, 11th and 13th.

There was drama at the Par 3 17th when his ball held up on a rock above the water. After some deliberation McIlroy opted to play the shot and managed to chunk it across to the far fringe from where he very nearly holed his pitch shot for a miraculous par. In the end it was a bogey but a birdie four at the Par 5 18th got him back to 14 under and leaves him in pole position for a third title at the event.

McIlroy plays his shot from the rocks at the 17th. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
McIlroy plays his shot from the rocks at the 17th. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Lowry started the day in a tie for the lead and in the final group but stalled a little bit with a bad stretch around the turn.

After picking up birdies on the second and seventh to lead on his own, the 2019 British Open champion made a double bogey at the eighth after finding a fairway bunker off the tee, splashing out and failing to get up and down from the side of the green with his fourth shot.

Things would then get worse before they got better for Lowry as he was forced to take an unplayable at the Par 4 10th, resulting in a bogey five.

Shane Lowry plays his second shot to the 12th hole. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Shane Lowry plays his second shot to the 12th hole. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

However, he managed to fight back to keep his chances alive by rolling in a long birdie putt at the 11th before making a 20 foot putt to save par on the 12th.

Another birdie would follow at the 14th and four straight pars to finish for a round of 71 and a total of 11 under, three behind McIlroy.

DP World Tour Championship leaderboard (British unless stated, Par 72)

202 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 65 70 67

203 Sam Horsfield 68 66 69

204 Robert MacIntyre 68 69 67, Alexander Bjoerk (Swe) 68 67 69

205 Joachim B. Hansen (Den) 67 70 68, Collin Morikawa (USA) 68 68 69, Shane Lowry (Irl) 69 65 71, John Catlin (USA) 69 65 71

206 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 68 68 70

207 Dean Burmester (Rsa) 69 69 69, Johannes Veerman (USA) 68 72 67, Marcus Armitage 68 72 67

208 Matthew Fitzpatrick 70 69 69, Nicolai Hoejgaard (Den) 68 71 69, Rasmus Hoejgaard (Den) 70 69 69, Jeff Winther (Den) 70 69 69

209 Tyrrell Hatton 70 73 66, Paul Casey 70 69 70, Thomas Pieters (Bel) 73 66 70, Ian Poulter 73 69 67

210 Min-Woo Lee (Aus) 72 69 69, Jason Scrivener (Aus) 71 69 70

211 Abraham Ancer (Mex) 72 69 70, Tommy Fleetwood 70 72 69, Lucas Herbert (Aus) 72 69 70, Thomas Detry (Bel) 69 70 72, Rafael Cabrera (Spa) 70 70 71, Adria Arnaus (Spa) 75 68 68, Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 70 71 70, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 68 69 74

212 Jamie Donaldson 70 68 74, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa) 67 75 70, Grant Forrest 70 70 72, Antoine Rozner (Fra) 74 70 68, Victor Perez (Fra) 74 69 69, Patrick Reed (USA) 72 72 68

213 Billy Horschel (USA) 74 70 69, Richard Bland 73 69 71, Will Zalatoris (USA) 70 73 70, Laurie Canter 74 71 68, Danny Willett 75 71 67, Garrick Higgo (Rsa) 73 69 71, Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) 70 70 73

214 Justin Harding (Rsa) 71 72 71, Sean Crocker (USA) 69 73 72

215 Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn) 74 73 68

216 Guido Migliozzi (Ita) 73 73 70, Adrian Meronk (Pol) 68 74 74

217 Francesco Laporta (Ita) 71 74 72, Tapio Pulkkanen (Fin) 67 74 76

218 James Morrison 71 74 73

227 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 76 76 75

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