Not in the slightest.
McIlroy motored midway through his round on Saturday, nearly holing out for eagle twice in a row at 8 and 9.
That led to kick-in birdies, and he would follow it up with a hat-trick on 10 thanks to draining a 15-footer.
Three more birdies on the final five holes saw McIlroy card a joint-low-round-of-the-day 65 to move to 12-under par.
That leaves the World No.1 not only projected to finish first in the season-long DP World Tour Rankings, but also right back in contention for a third DP World Tour Championship having won here in both 2012 and 2015.
McIlroy is looking to win the first-ever DP World Tour Rankings title in its new title year, as well as a fourth overall points win following Race to Dubai victories on the former European Tour circuit in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
McIlroy told GolfMagic and other media on site after his third round:
Jon Rahm matched McIlroy's round of 65 to vault to the top of the leaderboard on 15-under par, as the World No.5 also seeks to win the tournament for a third time (2017, 2019).
The best 2019 Race to Dubai champion Rahm can do in the DP World Tour Rankings, even with victory this week, is fourth place.
With 18 holes left to play, Rahm leads by one shot over Fitzpatrick, who despite finding water on the par-5 18th managed to save par for a round of 70.
Rather fittingly for the DP World Tour this week, the top two players on the leaderboard as it stands both received Honorary Lifetime Membership of the circuit earlier this week for their US Open victories in 2021 (Rahm) and 2022 (Fitzpatrick).
Whatever happens on Sunday though, Fitzpatrick still will not be attending the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.
On his chances of winning the DP World Tour Rankings, Fitzpatrick said:
Tyrrell Hatton shared the 36-hole lead with Fitzpatrick and all looked good on Saturday for the fiery Englishman, who dropped an outrageous F-bomb on Friday, until the wheels came off on the back nine.
Hatton had opened up a three-shot lead on the front nine, but four bogeys in the space of six holes from the 10th quickly derailed his charge.
Nevertheless, he two-putted for birdie on the 18th for a round of 72, and he still very much remains in the hunt for the tournament alongside McIlroy at 12-under par.
Tommy Fleetwood and Adrian Meronk, who can both still mathematically win the DP World Tour Rankings, are a further two shots back on 10-under par.
So what is required for those atop the DP World Tour Rankings heading into Sunday's final round at Jumeirah Golf Estates?
Well, it looks like it will be a two-horse race between McIlroy and Fitzpatrick.
But others are still in with a sniff.
Fleetwood has the best outside chance of the remainder, while Meronk and Ryan Fox, well, need complete miracles.
Let's take a look at all the permutations for the five remaining players in with a chance of winning the DP World Tour Rankings...
Projected Rank after 54 holes: 1st
A win is the only way McIlroy can guarantee winning the DP World Tour Rankings presented by Rolex.
The scenarios below show the possiblilties for the remaining four players in with a chance of wrestling the trophy out of McIlroy's hands.
If none of those play out, then McIlroy is your DP World Tour Rankings champion.
The main danger to McIlroy is without doubt Fitzpatrick...
Projected Rank after 54 holes: 2nd
Fitzpatrick, who currently lies one shot behind Rahm, must win the DP World Tour Championship and McIlroy must then finish worse than second in order for him to win the DP World Tour Rankings.
With McIlroy just three shots behind Rahm at the moment in a tie for fourth as it stands, that could be a tough ask, especially given McIlroy seems to be rapidly moving through the gears as the tournament progresses.
Fitzpatrick can also win the DP World Tour Rankings if he comes second in the tournament, but then he must rely on McIlroy finishing worse than seventh place.
The Englishman will no doubt have one eye on what is happening in front of him on the Earth Course on Sunday afternoon, with two trophies and plenty of cash on the line.
Only either of those two permutations for Fitzpatrick will be enough for him to win his first rankings title.
The only other player realistically in with a chance of winning the race is last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge champion Fleetwood...
Projected Rank after 54 holes: 5th
Fleetwood, who won the Race to Dubai in 2017, is currently six shots off the pace in the tournament. The Englishman quite simply must win the DP World Tour Championship in order to have any chance of winning the DP World Tour Rankings.
If he does that, then he needs to rely on McIlroy finishing worse than second place.
He also needs Fox to finish worse than second place, but given Fox is currently 14 shots off the pace that does not even enter calculations.
So Fleetwood could still take it all on Sunday, but it's highly unlikely.
Now for one of the remaining two outsiders, Meronk...
Projected Rank after 54 holes: 7th
Meronk, who won his first DP World Tour title at the Irish Open earlier this year, has progressed nicely to 10-under par alongside Fleetwood after 54 holes.
But just like the Englishman, the giant Pole needs a giant finish on the Earth Course.
Meronk must win the DP World Tour Championship, and then McIlroy will need to completely blow out. I mean, we are talking a full proper blow out where he finishes outside the top 16.
So you're telling me there's a chance?
No. Not really. But mathematically yes.
Now onto the final contender, Fox, who started the week second in the rankings...
Fox has enjoyed the greatest golfing year of his life on the DP World Tour in 2022 and it would have been somewhat fitting had he gone on to win it this week, more so given he has played in the majority of DP World Tour events this season.
The New Zealander has won twice on the circuit this season, but you could argue he should have won at least three, maybe four or five times given just how many near misses he encountered in the final rounds, especially in recent months.
But on to what is required for Fox, and we are really building his chances up here for absolutely no reason because Fox is languishing down in tied 26th on 1-under par right now.
There are many permutations for Fox to win the DP World Tour Rankings, but they are all basically impossible now.
Anyway Fox fans, here are the permutations so we can help keep the dream alive:
- Fox finishes 13th or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 46th and Fitzpatrick worse than second.
- Fox finishes 12th or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 42nd and Fitzpatrick worse than second
- Fox finishes 11th or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 35th and Fitzpatrick worse than second
- Fox finishes 10th or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 28th and Fitzpatrick worse than second
- Fox finishes 9th or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 21st and Fitzpatrick worse than second
- Fox finishes 8th or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 15th and Fitzpatrick worse than second
- Fox finishes 7th or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 10th and Fitzpatrick worse than second
- Fox finishes 6th or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 8th and Fitzpatrick worse than second
- Fox finishes 5th or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 6th and Fitzpatrick does not win
- Fox finishes 4th or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 5th and Fitzpatrick does not win
- Fox finishes 3rd or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 3rd and Fitzpatrick does not win
- Fox finishes 2nd or better and McIlroy finishes worse than 2nd
...we told you Fox has no chance!
Anyway, five players are left in the race for the DP World Tour Rankings on Sunday but realistically you have to think it will come down to a final-round shootout between McIlroy and Fitzpatrick.
McIlroy tees off alongside Noren at 7.50am (GMT), with Fitzpatrick out alongside Rahm in the final match of the day at 8.00am.
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