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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Rory McIlroy will lead the final round of the Abu Dhabi Championship season opener with a shot after a 5-under-67 win on Saturday

McIlroy pulled himself out of 73 meters to finish 10 and added five birdies to go under 13 He wrestled control of the tournament from Tyrrell Hatton (71), who left a shot behind

“I thought I did well today. Obviously, that big stroke of luck had on 10, the ball hit the pin and went in,” said the four-time major champion. “Sometimes that’s what it takes at golf tournaments to compete and win in the end Every now and then there are these little lucky shots “

Hatton had a 5-shot lead when play was suspended on Friday due to dwindling light, but he only finished the second round by one shot early on Saturday before the third round started

“I just felt like nothing really got in my way,” Hatton said of his 71. “Hit some decent punches and ran into a bunker with a terrible lie and had some putts that burned the edge or Slipped out Quite disappointed “

A shot back towards Sunday “is not ideal, but a lot can happen on 18 holes,” said the Englishman

Tommy Fleetwood, 67, had six birdies to take two shots behind McIlroy and in third place alone.He rolled in a putt on Jan. from nearly 50 feet

David Lipsky and Marc Warren both shot 68 and shared fourth place, three shots behind McIlroy

The Northern Irishman finished second four times and third three times in ten games in Abu Dhabi Apart from a missed cut, McIlroy only has one place outside of the top 10 – in 2008 he finished 11th in his first appearance Place

“I can’t go in tomorrow and think it’s my turn,” McIlroy said. “I want to take my turn. I have to get out of there and keep hitting the ball like I hit it on the back nine tonight If I can do that and give myself a lot of chances, I have a real chance “

Alexander Levy produced a hole-in-one on the 177-yard par-3-15. The Frenchman is eight shots away from the lead

“A perfect mileage for a 9-iron wind from the left,” Levy said. “Hit a good 9-iron a little thin I thought it was short but it bounced into the hole Yeah, it’s a really good feeling “

The Abu Dhabi championship begins with three events in the “Gulf Swing” – the Dubai Desert Classic and the Saudi International


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