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McIlroy holds one shot lead ahead of final round in Shanghai

Rory McIlroy shot a 67 on day three in Shanghai to remain one clear of Louis Oosthuizen.

McIlroy sizes up a putt in Shanghai.
McIlroy sizes up a putt in Shanghai.
Image: Ng Han Guan

RORY McILROY BIRDIED his final hole to finish five under and take a one shot lead at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

McIlroy shot a 67 to leave him on 15 under, keeping him one clear of Louis Oosthuizen, who hit five straight birdies before bagging two more birdies in his three last holes to finish with a 65.

Shane Lowry shot a third straight 72 to sit on even par.

Haotong Li had led the Chinese challenge with five early birdies which saw him briefly take the lead, but the 24-year-old slipped off the pace with a 42 on the back nine which left him trailing McIlroy by nine shots.

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