Rory McIlroy makes claim about his career after going crazy (!) low in Dubai

Rory McIlroy came from out of nowhere on moving day at the Dubai Desert Classic to set up a realistic opportunity of defending his title. 

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Sat, 20 Jan 2024
Rory McIlroy makes claim about his career after going crazy (!) low in Dubai

Rory McIlroy carded his lowest moving day score in more than 17 months after coming from out of nowhere to contend at the Dubai Desert Classic

McIlroy, 34, started the third round of the DP World Tour event a remarkable 10 shots behind the leader Cameron Young. 

But by the time McIlroy finished his round he held the outright lead after posting a 9-under 63. 

America's Young later carded a 1-under 71 to regain the lead at 14-under heading into the final day.

He is two clear of McIlroy and Poland's Adrian Meronk. 

The Hojgaard brothers, Haotong Li, Thorbjorn Olesen, Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Fitzptrick are also inside the top-10 but appear too far back to mount a charge. 

LIV Golf's Joaquin Niemann, chasing a spot at the Masters, is solo sixth. Niemann has already secured a starting berth at this year's Open after winning the Australian Open. 

As for McIlroy, his third round was absolutely flawless. 

He began with a birdie and picked up more strokes at 3, 7, 8 and 9. He birdied the 10th and 12th at Emirates Golf Club before signing off with an eagle at the final hole. 

Watch that here:

What they said...

Asked what keeps driving him, Rory McIlroy explained...

"I think the fact that I turn up every day and still trying to get better, I think the consistency that I've shown throughout my career, I've never lost the hunger to go out and play better but I've never lost the joy of the game, which I think is really important. It's never felt like a job to me and the day it does feel like a job it is the day I need to give up."

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