Golf News: Rory McIlroy will go into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship with a one-shot lead, while Collin Morikawa is closing close on a Race to Dubai victory.
McIlroy birdied his final hole to seal a five-under 67 at Jumeriah Golf Estates and move to 14 under, putting him in sole possession of the lead after Sam Horsfield bogeyed the par-four last to sign for a third-round 69.
Horsfield is in second place, one stroke ahead of Sweden’s Alexander Bjork and Robert MacIntyre, who shot a five-under 67 despite bogeying the last for the second day in a row, while Morikawa and Shane Lowry are both three strokes back heading into the final day.
McIlroy entered the weekend a shot off the lead and slipped further behind when he hooked his first tee shot into trees on his way to a bogey, only to respond with a two-putt birdie at the par-five next for the first of back-to-back gains.
The former world No. 1 saved par with a 15-footer at the fourth and added birdies at the sixth and ninth to reach the turn in 33, with McIlroy rolling in from 10 feet at the 11th and holing another birdie at the 13th to temporarily lead by two.
McIlroy missed birdie chances at the 14th and 16th holes, then went behind with a bogey at the par-three 17th, as Horsfield – playing in the group behind – surged ahead by following a 60-foot eagle at the 14th with back-to-back bogeys over his next two holes.
Horsfield dropped back to 13 under after a bogey on the par-five last, while McIlroy avoided a recurrence of Friday’s double-bogey on the same hole by finding the green in two and two-putting for a closing birdie.
MacIntyre had an entertaining day, with a 70-foot birdie and a 20-foot eagle on his front nine, then four birdies in a five-hole stretch from the 10th before diving into the water on the final hole.
Morikawa’s bogey-free 69 pushed him one step closer to becoming the Race to Dubai’s first American winner, with none of the other five contenders within six strokes of the lead.
“It was all over the place,” said Morikawa of his round. “The front nine was really fantastic, but I just didn’t take advantage of the par-fives. Even though I felt like I struck it harder yesterday, I birdied all of the par-fives.”
Joachim B Hansen and John Catlin are both on 11 under par, as are Morikawa and Lowry, with Martin Kaymer four strokes back and Marcus Armitage in the group five strokes back.
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