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McIlroy in contention

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, still to taste European Tour success after 237 events going back a decade, takes a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

But if the 35-year-old is to end his long wait for victory he is going to have to come through the stiffest test of his career.

One behind is world number two Lee Westwood after a best-of-the-day 64, and two back is US Open champion Rory McIlroy - no doubt fired up to make amends for bogeys at two of his last three holes.

Just when it was shaping up to be a shoot-out between the two Ryder Cup stars, Donaldson grabbed four birdies in the closing six for a 65 and 14-under-par total.

"It was not the greatest way to finish," said McIlroy after three-putting the 16th and then going over the green from a fairway bunker at the 17th - after taking an iron off the tee for safety.

"I'm still in there with a chance and I'll be looking for a fast start and putting a bit of pressure on the boys.

"I feel the way my game is there's a 61 or 62 out there."


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