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McIlroy closes in on No.1 spot

Rory McIlroy took a big step towards gaining the number one spot in the world rankings, grabbing a two stroke lead ahead of Sunday's final round of the Honda Classic.
Reuters | By HT Correspondent, Florida
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2012 12:27 AM IST

Rory McIlroy took a big step towards gaining the number one spot in the world rankings, grabbing a two stroke lead ahead of Sunday's final round of the Honda Classic.

The Northern Irishman shot a four-under par 66 on Saturday, recovering from successive bogeys on the sixth and seventh holes to produce three birdies on the back nine with some of his characteristically confident golf. McIlroy, who can take over top spot from Englishman Luke Donald only with victory on Sunday, finished with a birdie on the 18th hole, coming out of sand a little too strongly and then draining a 12-foot putt from the opposite fringe.

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