Rory McIlroy takes one-shot lead into final round in Dubai

Rory McIlroy carded a 67 to take a one-shot lead into the final round at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

FILE PHOTO: Rory McIlroy sits at 14 under, just ahead of Sam Horsfield, who carded a 69.   -  AP

Rory McIlroy shook off a bogey on the first hole to shoot 67 and take a one-shot lead into Sunday’s final round at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

McIlroy sits at 14 under, one shot ahead of Sam Horsfield, who carded a 69 to vault 41 spots up the leaderboard on moving day. Alexander Bjork (69) and Robert MacIntyre (67) are tied for third at 12 under, two shots back.

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McIlroy recorded seven birdies against two bogeys for his round.

“I thought I did well considering the start,” McIlroy said. “Hit a nice little snap-hook with a 3-wood off the first tee out of nowhere, and I’ve been hitting that 3-wood pretty well all week. I’'m right where I want to be. I want to be contending on Sundays in golf tournaments and feel like I’m back to playing the way I should and the way that will get me back contending. I’m excited. I’m excited to go out there and try to pick up another one.”

Shane Lowry, co-leader after 36 holes, shot 71 to drop into a four-way tie for fifth at 11 under, three shots back.

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