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Rory McIlroy extends lead to 4 shots with 6-under 66 in 3rd round of Dubai Desert Classic

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a ball on the 16th hole during round three of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a ball on the 16th hole during round three of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a ball on the 16th hole during round three of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a ball on the 16th hole during round three of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the second hole during round three of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the second hole during round three of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

Rory McIlroy extended his lead to four shots with a 6-under 66 in the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday.

The top-ranked McIlroy, who led by a stroke overnight, made just one birdie in the back nine on the Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club after five birdies in his first eight holes.

With an overall 20-under 196, McIlroy can challenge the tournament winning record of 22 under, set by Stephen Gallacher in 2013 and Thomas Bjorn in 2001.

Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen (66), who shot a 9-under 63 on Friday, is second.

The $2.5 million tournament forms the closing leg of the three-stop Desert Swing of the European Tour.