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Rory McIlroy climbs closer to two PGA European Tour titles

Rory McIlroy can’t believe a birdie putt lips out on No. 17 in Round 3 at the PGA European Tour’s season finale. McIlroy has the day’s best round, 7-under 65, but rues missed chances.

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Rory McIlroy can’t believe a birdie putt lips out on No. 17 in Round 3 at the PGA European Tour’s season finale. McIlroy has the day’s best round, 7-under 65, but rues missed chances.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Rory McIlroy shot the best round of the day to move within one shot of leader Andy Sullivan after the third round of the PGA European Tour's World Tour Championship on Saturday, which also put him closer to the Race to Dubai title.

McIlroy shot 7-under 65 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to make up three shots on second-round leader Sullivan (68) and go four strokes clear of Danny Willett, his closest challenger for the season-long Race to Dubai crown. Willett made two birdies and an eagle over his last five holes for 67.

Sullivan made two birdies over his last four to maintain the lead in the tour's season finale with a total of 16-under 200.

Despite making eight birdies in the swirling wind, McIlroy was left ruing some the chances he missed.

"I guess you can't really walk off this golf course, especially in these conditions, and shoot 7 under and not feel good about yourself. But at the same time, I feel like it could have been a lot better," McIlroy said.

"The good thing is, there's still one round of golf left. If it had been the final day, I'd be kicking myself with some of the chances I missed. I am playing lovely, so bodes well for (today)."

Patrick Reed shot a 68 that gave him sole possession of third place, two shots behind McIlroy.

LPGA: Cristie Kerr and Ha Na Jang shared the lead going into the final round of the season-ending Tour Championship at Naples, and Lydia Ko remained in control of the biggest year-end awards and a $1 million bonus.

Kerr shot 6-under 66 to match second-round leader Jang (69) at 13-under 203 at Tiburon Golf Club. Ko (69) and Gerina Piller (67) were two shots back at 11 under. Another shot back were Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (68), Lexi Thompson (67) and Karine Icher (68).

Ko is trying to take the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus for the second consecutive year. A win also would lock up for her the world No. 1 ranking to end the year, along with player of the year honors and the money title.

PGA: Kevin Kisner shot 6-under 64 to build a three-shot lead in the RSM Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga., as he goes for his first win on the tour. Kisner was at 16-under 196, a record 54-hole score at Sea Island. Second-round leader Kevin Chappell (68) was three shots back.

Graeme McDowell (65) survived a mental blunder on the opening hole and was four shots back with a chance for back-to-back wins. On the first fairway, he lifted his ball to clean it when he realized that for the first time in the tournament, conditions no longer allowed for lift, clean and place. McDowell was penalized one shot and made a 10-foot putt that became a par with the penalty.

Rory McIlroy climbs closer to two PGA European Tour titles 11/21/15 [Last modified: Saturday, November 21, 2015 8:36pm]
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