McIlroy four clear in Dubai after 18th hole save

McIlroy four clear in Dubai after 18th hole save

Rory McIlroy looked certain to go five clear of the field when he went for the 18th in two in the third round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. But after finding water short of the green his up and down to save a par five and remain four ahead of the chasing pack felt almost as good. It also said a lot about McIlroy's ability to churn out a score.

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Rory 64, Tiger 82, Pádraig 78 and a fresh air; Power cut

Rory 64, Tiger 82, Pádraig 78 and a fresh air; Power cut

Rory McIlroy underlined his current undisputed status as the world's No 1 by shooting an immaculate 64 on the day when Tiger Woods carded his highest ever score as a professional and Pádraig Harrington had a fresh-air trying to play left-handed.

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McIlroy eager to put "tedious and nasty" legal action behind him

McIlroy eager to put "tedious and nasty" legal action behind him

Rory McIlroy used the word "disappointed" four times in his preview interview for the Dubai Desert Classic. Fortunately, he's brilliantly learned how to deal the few misfortunes that have come his way on the golf course in recent years.

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McIlroy second again as Kaymer collapses

McIlroy second again as Kaymer collapses

Perhaps Rory McIlroy was hoping to take Martin Kaymer's eye off the ball when he said he was playing for second in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Whatever his feelings about his chances of overcoming an eight-shot deficit with resepct to the German, who was going for his fourth win in the event, his fourth runner up finish in Abu Dhabi in five years, not to mention his impressive form from tee to green, confirmed that he's going to be the man to beat once more in 2015.

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