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McIlroy's expectations on the rise forward of Dubai event

McIlroy's expectations on the rise forward of Dubai event

And he will nearly certainly have to improve on that score to claim a record-equalling third success in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Jamie Donaldson lit up round one of the Dubai Desert Classic with a stunning 10-under-par 62 to lead by one stroke, while Rory McIlroy's encouraging start to 2018 continued on Thursday.

The four-time major victor sits on 19 under par after Round 3 Saturday, just one shot behind China's Li Haotong.

Compared to McIlroy, 22-year-old Chinaman Li is a relative novice.

On the strength of his bogey-free eight-under-par 64 in the third round, both in terms of the score itself and the impressive way it was crafted, Li is in with a great shout of adding to a 2016 win in the Volvo China Open. He proved that was no fluke with a third-place finish in last year's Open Championship. "I feel like I've got a bit of a spring back in in my step because of what happened last week and very confident in myself".

All eyes, though, will be on McIlroy in the final round and he looks ready to pounce.

The four-time major champion was three-under par for his round after 11 holes when play was suspended Friday after heavy fog in the morning had delayed the start of the second round by 2 hours, 50 minutes.

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Admittedly, there was some sloppiness on the front nine of his third round, costing him bogeys at both the fourth and eighth, where a pulled approach was followed by a duffed chip.

Englishman Danny Willett endured a hard opening day as he dropped three shots on the eighth and another four on the ninth to finish five-over at the bottom of the leaderboard.

"I know that my game is in good enough shape to contend and try to win", he said.

Last week's champion in Abu Dhabi and reigning European number one Tommy Fleetwood made 69 while world No10 Henrik Stenson submitted a card of 70 after a late double bogey.

"I'll probably need to play a bit better tomorrow to win, but it's two weeks into the season and I've given myself a second chance to win a tournament".

Donaldson, who last won on the tour at the 2014 Czech Masters, said the thought of becoming the first player to shoot a 59 crossed his mind.

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