Li Leads McIlroy by 1 at Omega Classic

Haotong Li has a 1-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy headed to the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Despite being pursued by one of the most prolific players of the last two decades, Li seems to be playing with no fear. He shot a 64 on Saturday to reach 20-under, leaving him two shy of the tournament record of 22-under fired by Thomas Bjorn in 2001.

“I’ve never been in this position before so it’s going to be fun out there tomorrow,” said Li. “Hopefully I can do my best out there and have some low scores. I just want to play by myself and play my game. I thought if I just stayed patient, I’ll play good. So I just stayed patient all day.”McIlroy was rough around the edges on the front nine but fired a back-nine 32 to stay within a stroke and put himself in position to win this event for the third time in his career.

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