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Rory McIlroy tore it up again today with another bogey-free round in Dubai

This is getting silly.

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WORLD NUMBER ONE Rory McIlroy will take a four-shot lead into the final day of the Dubai Desert Classic after another blistering 66 on Saturday.

For the second successive day McIlroy carded a bogey-free round and moved to 20-under par, comfortably clear of Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen in second place.

Through 54 holes, McIlroy has made 21 birdies and just a single bogey. That near-perfect record looked to be in jeopardy when he found water on the last on Saturday but he recovered to save par.

“To be bogey free again today was important to me, especially when you’re going out with the lead,” he told EuropeanTour.com.

“Not to make any mistakes makes it that much harder for anyone else – just to get that up and down on the last was big for momentum going into tomorrow.”

He added: “I’ve been in this position many times before and I know the pitfalls that are waiting out there.

“It’s just a matter of sticking to the same game plan, being aggressive, making committed swings and giving myself as many chances for birdies as I can.”

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