DP World Tour Championship

McIlroy shifts through the gears, approaches cruising speed in Dubai

Even when he’s bad he’s good, though Saturday, Rory McIlroy was as almost good as ever as he shot a best-of-the-day seven under par 65 in the third round of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai to put himself on the brink of a glorious double on Sunday.

McIlroy shifts through the gears, approaches cruising speed in Dubai

Ryder Cup? Rory's European crown? Lowry wants it all: "It’s time I stepped up to the plate”

An Offaly man might win the Race to Dubai, a Major or a Ryder Cup cap before the Faithful County claims another All Ireland title. At least, that’s possibly what’s going through the mind the county's favourite golfing son, Shane Lowry, as he begins to believe that he’s now one of the greatest players on the planet.

Ryder Cup? Rory's European crown? Lowry wants it all: "It’s time I stepped up to the plate”

Ice Man Stenson stays cool in the desert

After a week that began with Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson re-creating shots from last year in a video entitled “The Greatest Moments on Earth," it was fitting that all three should feature in a thrilling finish to the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Ice Man Stenson stays cool in the desert

Lowry's prayers answered as he breaks Top 50 hoodoo

It was almost fitting that a silent prayer — or possibly something more profane — flashed through Shane Lowry’s mind as his drive leaked unerringly towards the rocky stream that wends its way up the middle of the 18th fairway on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Lowry's prayers answered as he breaks Top 50 hoodoo

Frustration as McIlroy and Lowry slip up in Dubai

Short game woes and mental errors dented Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry's DP World Tour Championship chances as Rafa Cabrera Bello produced a Seve-like performance to grab a share the lead at Jumeriah Golf Estates.

Frustration as McIlroy and Lowry slip up in Dubai

McIlroy lurking as first ace keeps Lowry in touch in Dubai

He might have been furious to miss two short birdie putts on the last two greens but after a surreal day alongside pal Rory McIlroy that brought him his first competitive hole in one, Shane Lowry was quietly pleased to remain in contention for the DP World Tour Championship.

McIlroy lurking as first ace keeps Lowry in touch in Dubai

Only McIlroy can match Lowry's desert cool

Shane Lowry may not be able to lift 275lb weights as world number one Rory McIlroy did in a gym session in Dubai earlier this week but the affable Offaly man shrugged a huge burden off his broad shoulders when he opened with a superb six under 66 in the $8 million DP World Tour Championship.

Only McIlroy can match Lowry's desert cool

McIlroy and McDowell forever seeking small gains

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are poles apart when it comes to the way the play the game but the Irish pair will be looking for the same result in the final examination of the European Tour season - a victory to underline their already solid belief that they are improving all the time.

McIlroy and McDowell forever seeking small gains

Never mind Jack, Stenson sees Woods' 14 majors as McIlroy's big challenge

Henrik Stenson regards Tiger Woods as the greatest player of all time. But with 17 worldwide wins, including four majors, in his seven years as a professional, the Swede is as curious as the rest of us to see if Rory McIlroy can overhaul Woods' haul 14 majors and challenge Jack Nicklaus' 18.

Never mind Jack, Stenson sees Woods' 14 majors as McIlroy's big challenge