Posted November 22, 2012 on AP on Fox

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 02: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tee's off at the 13th during the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 2, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th to join Luke Donald at the top of the leaderboard and three shots clear of the star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship on Saturday. The two-time major champion, who has already wrapped up the European and PGA Tour money titles, struggled early when he bogeyed the first hole and missed several makeable birdie putts. But he stepped up his game on the back nine, carding three birdies to go along with an eagle to shoot a 6-under 66 for a 17-under total of 199. Donald, tied for the lead with McIlroy and Marc Warren after the second round, sank several clutch putts on his way to a 66.
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