McIlroy cards 6-under 66 in third round to lead at Dubai Desert Classic by four shots

McIlroy cards 6-under 66 in third round to lead at Dubai Desert Classic by four shots
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Published February 1st, 2015 - 14:28 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy carded a 6-under 66 in the third round to extend his lead to four shots at the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.

The world number one golfer, who led by a stroke overnight, made just one birdie in the back nine on the Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club after five birdies in his first eight holes, Sport24 reported.

McIlroy can challenge the tournament winning record of 22 under, set by Stephen Gallacher in 2013 and Thomas Bjorn in 2001, with an overall 20-under 196.

Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen (66), who shot a 9-under 63 on Friday, trails McIlroy by four shots in the second place.

The 2.5 million dollars tournament forms the closing leg of the three-stop Desert Swing of the European Tour, the report added.

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