Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald tied for lead at DP World Tour Championship

Last Updated: 24/11/12 1:49pm

  • Share:

Sky Bet

Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald face a final-round shootout at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The top two in the world rankings both carded six-under 66s in the third round of the European Tour finale and, at 17-under, they lead the field by three shots going into the closing day.

Donald was fastest out of the blocks as he birdied two, three, seven and nine to turn in 32 and he made further gains on the two back nine par fives.

Third round leaderboard

(GB & Ire unless stated)

-17 L Donald
-17 R McIlroy
-14 C Schwartzel (Rsa)
-14 L Oosthuizen (Rsa)
-12 J Luiten (Ned)
-12 B Grace (Rsa)

Click here for collated scores

After another day of only birdies and pars, world number two Donald has now played 100 holes at the Earth course without making a bogey.

McIlroy bogeyed the first and initially looked out of sorts but that was to prove his only blemish of the round.

As he has done all week, the world number one came on strong on the back nine and caught Donald with a majestic eagle at 14. A birdie at the last saw him home in five-under 31.

The nearest challengers to McIlroy and Donald are South African pair Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.

The two close friends share third place on 14-under - Schwartzel shooting a 67 in round three and Oosthuizen a 68 - although both will rue missing good birdie chances at the last.

Marc Warren, who shared the lead with McIlroy and Donald at the start of play, couldn't keep pace and had to settle for a par 72.

He's tied in a big group on 11-under, one shot behind South Africa's Branden Grace and Dutchman Joost Luiten, who share fifth place on 12-under.

  • Share:


DP World Tour Championship 2012

Wilson: the Nottinghamshire swinger will not have full playing privileges in 2013

Drifting off course

Oliver Wilson and Camilo Villegas must graft hard to earn their Tour cards back, says Rob Lee.

Donald: the Englishman won three events in 2012

Two's not so blue

Rory McIlroy had a great season, says Rob Lee, but Luke Donald's campaign wasn't bad either.

McIlroy: dug deep to win in Dubai

Rory finds top gear

Paul McGinley says Rory McIlroy's Dubai win shows his career moved to a new level in 2012.

Most Popular


Ask Monty!

Ask Monty!

Send in your questions for Colin Montgomerie ahead of the Europe-USA showdown at Gleneagles.

Ryder Cup schedule

Ryder Cup schedule

Keep track of when the Ryder Cup sessions are on and our list of support shows and documentaries.



Don't just watch the Ryder Cup on Sky Sports - let Andrew Coltart solve your swing problems.