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Justin Harding didn’t have a glamorous third round, only scoring three unpars on the scorecard. Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 offset an early bogey on the eight for a Saturday 1-under 71, but Harding still holds a two-shot lead over his closest counterpart on the DP World Tour in Dubai Desert Classic.

“I think I played pretty solid. It was a tough day to be fair, some tough flags to hit,” he said. “There were times when I didn’t put the ball in play and couldn’t really get close to them.”

Despite the advantage, he doesn’t count on everyone behind him going down on Sunday.

“At the end of the day, I have to go out there and keep doing what I’m doing and make a couple of birdies and shoot 70, 69, something like that,” he said. “Get them to shoot five or six under par and give them credit.”

The player sitting just two strokes away? Mr. Rory McIlroy.

He has now found himself in three Sunday final round groups in his last four official starts. His scorecard consisted of four birdies, three bogeys and an eagle for a total of three under par 69 on day three. The big bird was placed by this beautiful high-cut seven-iron in the tenth.

“I’m excited. I had a really good opportunity in 2018, I kind of let it slip through my fingers there. It’s good to give me another chance.”

With a win on Sunday, McIlroy would join Ernie Els as the only other player to win this event three times.

Other notable names and their position:

Tommy Fleetwood (T-3, 9 bajo)
Tyrrell Hatton (T-5, 8 bajo)
Viktor Hovland (T-13, 6 points)
Sergio Garcia (U-13, 6 bass)
Collin Morikawa (T-20, 4 bajo)
Adam Scott (T-20, 4 bajo)


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