Rory McIlroy at Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2016: Saturday Score, Reaction

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2016

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 23:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 3rd hole during the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 23, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy will go into the final day of the 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship tied for the lead on 10 under par after play was once again stopped early on Saturday due to darkness.

He finished the remaining holes of his second round brilliantly on Saturday morning, following a birdie on 17 with an eagle on 18 to put himself firmly in contention again at eight under.

In his third-round effort, the world No. 3 registered three birdies and a bogey in nine holes and finished the day at the top of the leaderboard alongside Branden Grace, Ian Poulter, Rickie Fowler and Joost Luiten.

Here is McIlroy's incomplete scorecard from Saturday's action:

Rory McIlroy: Round 3 Scorecard
Hole123456789Total
Par45434435436
Score44425434434
Overall-8-9-9-10-9-9-9-10-10-10
Hole101112131415161718Total
Par54344344572
Score
Overall
European Tour

The Northern Irishman looked very much in the mood as he completed his second round after Friday's play was suspended when the sun went down.

His approach to the par-five 18th was a thing of beauty, per the European Tour:

The momentum continued into the third round as he took advantage of another par five, taking a four on the second to move to nine under.

Two holes later he picked up another shot on the par three, McIlroy attacking the flag and getting his reward as he was left a short putt for a two.

A bogey on the fifth came as something of a surprise given how comfortable the four-time major winner had looked, but it was far from disastrous.

Having missed birdie opportunities on six and seven, McIlroy gave himself another chance on the par-five eighth as his chipped third shot went to within two feet.

He duly sunk the putt for a four to move back to 10 under and stay in touch with then-leader Andy Sullivan.

The ninth proved to be McIlroy's final hole as the darkness set in, and he registered a decent par four having sprayed the ball right from his drive.

He has a lot of golf still to play on Sunday—27 holes to be exact—but McIlroy has set himself up very well to make a move for a first Abu Dhabi title.