DP World Tour Championship, Dubai R3

Rory McIlroy takes 1-shot lead into the final day

Tour Championship Dubai 2021 R3
November 18-21
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course, Dubai, UAE
$9,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

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Rory McIlroy took back the lead of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on Saturday with a 67 to reach 14-under as he aims to win his third title at Jumeirah Golf Estates and his first Rolex Series title.


Tour Championship Dubai 2021 R3

“After the bogey on one, responded well with birdies on two and three, ended up turning at three under par and then back nine was good. I got off to a really nice start on the back nine. I gave myself a good chance on 14 and 16 and didn’t convert those. Then bogey on 17, which in the end was a good bogey.

“I just thought it was important to make birdie at the last to get into the final group as well. I knew that putt was to get into the final group and I wanted to do that, so it was a nice way to finish.”


Tour Championship Dubai 2021 R3

A win on Sunday would also make the Northern Irishman the first player to win the Race to Dubai season finale three time following the 2012 and 2015 finales. McIlroy has won fourteen times so far on the European Tour, the last one at the 2019 WGC-HSBC Champions.

“I’m right where I want to be,” he said. “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.”


Tour Championship Dubai 2021 R3

Englishman Sam Horsfield started the day with a share of the lead alongside Ireland’s Shane Lowry and signed for a 69 to move into solo second place at 13-under followed one shot further back by Swede Alexander Björk (69) and Scotsman Robert MacIntyre (67).


Tour Championship Dubai 2021 R3

Current Race to Dubai Rankings leader Collin Morikawa shot a bogey-free 69 for a share of fifth place at 11-under alongside fellow American John Catlin (71), Lowry (71) and Dane Joachim B. Hansen.

“I’m still in it,” said Morikawa. “Hopefully I can get off to a good start like I have been the previous few days and it’s that middle stretch where I have not made any birdies. I have to take advantage of those tomorrow and hopefully keep the round going and at least hopefully start it on a good note.”


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Tour Championship Dubai 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
1
MCILROY,Rory
-14
65
70
67
2
HORSFIELD,Sam
-13
68
66
69
3
BJÖRK,Alexander
-12
68
67
69
MACINTYRE,Robert
-12
68
69
67
5
LOWRY,Shane
-11
69
65
71
CATLIN,John
-11
69
65
71
HANSEN,Joachim B.
-11
67
70
68
MORIKAWA,Collin
-11
68
68
69
9
KAYMER,Martin
-10
68
68
70
10
BURMESTER,Dean
-9
69
69
69
10
VEERMAN,Johannes
-9
68
72
67
ARMITAGE,Marcus
-9
68
72
67
13
HØJGAARD,Rasmus
-8
70
69
69
FITZPATRICK,Matt
-8
70
69
69
WINTHER,Jeff
-8
70
69
69
HØJGAARD,Nicolai
-8
68
71
69
17
CASEY,Paul
-7
70
69
70
PIETERS,Thomas
-7
73
66
70
POULTER,Ian
-7
73
69
67
HATTON,Tyrrell
-7
70
73
66
21
LEE,Min Woo
-6
72
69
69
SCRIVENER,Jason
-6
71
69
70
23
GARCIA,Sergio
-5
68
69
74
DETRY,Thomas
-5
69
70
72
CABRERA BELLO,Rafa
-5
70
70
71
23
ANCER,Abraham
-5
72
69
70
LAGERGREN,Joakim
-5
70
71
70
HERBERT,Lucas
-5
72
69
70
FLEETWOOD,Tommy
-5
70
72
69
ARNAUS,Adri
-5
75
68
68
31
DONALDSON,Jamie
-4
70
68
74
FORREST,Grant
-4
70
70
72
BEZUIDENHOUT,Christiaan
-4
67
75
70
PEREZ,Victor
-4
74
69
69
ROZNER,Antoine
-4
74
70
68
REED,Patrick
-4
72
72
68
37
KIEFFER,Maximilian
-3
70
70
73
BLAND,Richard
-3
73
69
71
HIGGO,Garrick
-3
73
69
71
HORSCHEL,Billy
-3
74
70
69
ZALATORIS,Will
-3
70
73
70
CANTER,Laurie
-3
74
71
68
WILLETT,Danny
-3
75
71
67
44
CROCKER,Sean
-2
69
73
72
HARDING,Justin
-2
71
72
71
46
KAWAMURA,Masahiro
-1
74
73
68
47
MERONK,Adrian
Par
68
74
74
MIGLIOZZI,Guido
Par
73
73
70
49
LAPORTA,Francesco
+1
71
74
72
PULKKANEN,Tapio
+1
67
74
76
51
MORRISON,James
+2
71
74
73
52
WIESBERGER,Bernd
+11
76
76
75
W/D
HILL,Calum
+3