Date: November 25, 2012
Author: Omnisport

McIlroy, Donald set up Dubai shoot-out

The DP World Tour Championship in Dubai will go down to the wire after Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald finished in a share of the lead on Saturday, while Australian Marcus Fraser dropped out of contention. World No.1 McIlroy and second-ranked Donald carded rounds of six-under 66 to close the third round at 17 under overall at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. McIlroy bogeyed the opening hole but was almost faultless from that moment onwards as he hit five birdies and an eagle, while Donald recorded a bogey-free third round to go with his six birdies. The Ryder Cup team-mates are three strokes clear of South African pair Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen heading into Sunday&aposs final round. Schwartzel repeated his second round display with another five-under 67 that saw him jump three places into second alongside Oosthuizen, who shot a four-under 68. Dutchman Joost Luiten and Branden Grace of South Africa are a further two shots adrift at 12 under. Romain Wattel headlines a group of seven golfers in a tie for seventh place. The Frenchman birdied eight holes for a five-under 67 as he moved to 11 under for the tournament. Joining Wattel in seventh are South Africa&aposs George Coetzee (67), Thongchai Jaidee (68) of Thailand, Welshman Jamie Donaldson (69), Swede Henrik Stenson (69), England&aposs Justin Rose (69) and Scot Marc Warren (72). Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington birdied his last two holes to finish with a four-under 68 round on day three. Harrington&aposs effort sees him climb nine spots to 10 under along with Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (68). Australian Fraser had a round to forget after heading into the day at eight under following a second-round 67. The BMW International Open runner-up registered a double-bogey and four bogeys in his third-round 75, which saw him drop to a tie for 36th at five under overall.