China's Haotong Li takes lead in Dubai Desert Classic

Former world No 1 Rory McIlroy goes into Sunday's final round two shots off lead
Haotong Li of China tees off on the 14th hole during day three of Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Sat 27 Jan 2018 01:46 PM

Li Haotong will take a narrow lead into the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday, one shot ahead of two-time winner Rory McIlroy.

The Chinese star fired a 64 on Saturday to get to 20 under and will be aiming for a second European Tour victory.

McIlroy, the leader after round two, shot a back nine of 32 for a 68 as he aims to equal Ernie Els as a three-time winner at the Dubai event.

Alexander Levy and Haydn Porteous were at 17 under, a shot clear of Andy Sullivan and two ahead of David Horsey.

Horsey was 15 under after a 68, a shot clear of Rafa Cabrera Bello, Dylan Frittelli, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton, David Lipsky, Thorbjørn Olesen, Chris Paisley and Jeunghun Wang.

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