The number one golfer in the world (as well as both the PGA and European Tour money lists), Rory McIlroy, is flexing his muscles once again at the Dubai World Championship. McIlroy sunk a short birdie putt on the 18th hole to close out the third round tied for first place with Luke Donald.
After a rocky start, which saw him bogey the first hole of the round and miss several relatively easy birdie putts, McIlroy battled back to shot a third round 66. That round moved him to a whopping 17 under par after just three rounds.
At this point, any victory by McIlroy is just icing on the cake, as he is already number one in the world, in addition to securing the top spot on the money list for both the PGA and European Tours. It’s safe to say that McIlroy has had an impressive year.
Reports are also swirling that McIlroy has moved himself into a tie for the lead after battling through what he thinks was a bout with sunstroke in the second round. Go ahead, Rory, rub it in. You can shoot under par in a tournament with the best players in the world while suffering through sunstroke.
Winning this tournament will definitely be a huge accomplishment for anyone, as it is one of the best fields that the golfers will see all year. It is made up of 28 winners from the 2011 European Tour season and contains 52 European Tour winners, five former number ones from the Euro Tour as well as ten major champions.