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Golf: Eagle lifts McIlroy clear in Dubai

Rory McIlroy puts daylight between himself and the rest of the field early in his third round at the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.

DUBAI: Rory McIlroy put daylight between himself and the rest of the field early in his third round at the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.

Leading by one overnight on 11-under, the Irishman bogeyed the first for the second straight day, missing a six-footer, but birdied the second and then a superb second to eight feet set up an eagle at the third.

Playing partner Brooks Koepka, who started the day one back, birdied the second but then bogeyed the fourth to stay at 10 under and McIlroy was two clear of the field.

Englishman Steve Webster had earlier shown the way to low scoring at the Emirates Club's immaculate Majlis Course with a tremendous round of 64 -- the second best of the tournament so far.

Webster landed five birdies and an eagle in the space of eight holes from the sixth and then birdied the last three as he bounded up the leaderboard to join McIlroy at 11 under.

"Took me 10 minutes to work out my scorecard there," the Englishman said.

"Obviously played great, a couple of silly holes, but I hit a lot of great shots and made the putts and felt really good."

South Africans Dawie Van der Walt (65) and Darren Fichardt (66) also both went low to get to nine under.

Still out on the course, Dane Thorbjorn Olesen was at 10 under through 11 and Italian Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari was nine under after seven.


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