Rory McIlroy surges in Dubai but Andy Sullivan remains in front
Andy Sullivan remained the man to catch in the final round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, despite the best efforts of world number three Rory McIlroy.
Sullivan held a one-shot lead overnight and extended it to three with birdies on the first and second as McIlroy followed a birdie on the second with a three-putt bogey on the fourth.
McIlroy bounced back in style with birdies on the fifth and sixth but Sullivan followed the four-time major winner in on each occasion to maintain his advantage as he looked to claim a fourth European Tour win of the season.
Another birdie from McIlroy on the seventh finally closed the gap and Sullivan's lead looked set to be wiped out when he bogeyed the eighth and saw his escape from a fairway bunker on the ninth catch the edge of the trap.
The 29-year-old then hit his third shot over the green but chipped in for the most unlikely of pars, much to the delight of his 30-strong personal fan club who had travelled from Nuneaton to support him this week.
At 19 under, Sullivan was one ahead of McIlroy with England's Danny Willett three shots further back. Willett began the week just 1,613 points behind McIlroy in the Race to Dubai and has to finish in front of the Northern Irishman to end the year as European number one.