Golfing great?

Teenager Rory McIlroy impresses at the Dubai Desert Classic...

It’s a big day today for Irish 19-year-old Rory McIlroy as he starts this morning on course to win one of the world’s biggest golf competitions.

The Northern Irish youngster will today try to secure his first win as a professional when the 68 competitors who survived for the final two rounds go out to complete their 72 holes.

It was a day of last-minute triumphs for the teenager from Belfast yesterday after he snatched the halfway lead from South African’s Louis Oosthuizen and Henrik Stenson.

“My eagle at the last this morning was good but the one at the 10th just now was even better,” an elated McIlroy said as he returned to the clubhouse eight holes behind schedule.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish.” McIlroy cannot help but dream about what would be a wonderful maiden victory.

“It would be huge to win here,” he remarked, “as this is one of the best events on tour. If I pull it off it would be fantastic.” He added: “I have learned a lot from my experiences.

Those experiences will stand me in good stead and if I keep playing the way I am at the moment, I will definitely be able to go close.”

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