Rory McIlroy leads the Dubai Desert Classic into the weather-delayed final round by three shots despite dumping his second into the water guarding the 18th green on Monday (AEDT).
After the bogey on his last hole, the world No1 signed for a third round seven-under-par 65.
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That helped McIlroy move to 15-under ahead of Monday’s conclusion — three clear of English duo Callum Shinkwin (67) and Dan Bradbury (68) tied for second at 12 under.
For McIlroy it was a sense of deja vu as last year he found the same water on the 18th to eventually lose the Desert Classic title to Viktor Hovland.
“I’m always going to hit good enough shots to make birdies and hole some putts but keeping the mistakes off your card is the secret for me,” said McIlroy, a two-time winner of…