Rory McIlroy moves within two of Dubai lead after third-round 65
Rory McIlroy was happy after bouncing back to go back into contention at the DP World Tour Championship, to have learnt from his mistakes.
Headed into the weekend two strokes off the pace in Jumeriah Golf Estates after following his opening-round 64 using a two-over 74, simply to rally at Dubai on Saturday.
Before adding three more birdies in a bogey-free round the world No 2 followed back-to-back profits over his first two holes by posting a gorgeous eagle in the par-five seventh.
The Northern Irishman sits and within 2 chambers of 54-hole leaders Jon Rahm along with Mike Lorenzo-Vera, together with McIlroy pleased to still have a chance of a victory of this year.
“I presume, not just golf, but that’s what life is about,” McIlroy said. “It’s learning from everything you can do and being of a current mind so you can learn as you proceed.
“I sort of figured out what I did wrong yesterday, and I was able to rectify it somewhat now and put myself back into the tournament.
“You have got Tommy (Fleetwood) and Jon there up, obviously, and Mike is holding stable in the very top. He [Lorenzo-Vera] played wonderfully yesterday.
“I’m going to have to head out there and shoot a comparable score tomorrow to that which I did today to really have a chance. But just very happy that I have myself back into the golf tournament.”
Lorenzo-Vera briefly extended his pillow with three birdies at a four-hole stretch from the first time to four to shed his outright lead after locating water off the last tee three-putting to get a final bogey and went to the afternoon with a three-stroke edge.
“I think that I played better today than yesterday,” Lorenzo-Vera stated. “Some superior shots all day long and well, I think we messed a little with the selection of bar off the tee on 18. That wasn’t catalyst.
“This was a bit overly aggressive, but that is the game and I tried my best. We all know in this end.
“You don’t control anything except your own mind. That’s the only thing you can command tomorrow, so I simply hope for the exact same game plan and let us see whether the golf wishes to give me something.”
See the final round of this DP World Tour Championship reside on Sunday from 6.30am on Sky Sports Golf along with Sky Sports Main Event.