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Bourdy leads as McIlroy challenges

Frenchman Bourdy took the sole lead in Hong Kong with a superb 63.
Frenchman Bourdy took the sole lead in Hong Kong with a superb 63.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gregory Bourdy leads Hong Kong Open by two shots after third round
  • Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen is closest challenger on 14-under-par
  • Rory McIlroy steps up challenge for Race to Dubai honors with a 65 for third place

(CNN) -- Gregory Bourdy of France opened up a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Hong Kong Open as Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is set to take the lead in the Race to Dubai.

Joint overnight leader Bourdy raced to 16-under-par with a sublime and bogey-free 63 on the Fanling course, while playing partner Robert-Jan Derksen carded a 65 to trail him on 14-under.

McIlroy carded a 65 and missed a string of further birdie opportunities to be in third place on 11-under, but importantly six shots clear of current Race to Dubai leader Lee Westwood, who carded a 69.

Peter Lawrie (66), Miguel Angel Jimenez (63), Francesco Molinari (66) and defending champion Lin Wen-tang (67) are in a challenging group on 10-under ahead of an exciting final day.

But Bourdy will take some beating if he repeats his third round display.

"I enjoyed it, it was a fantastic round," he told www.europeantour.com.

"I am going to try and keep by putter warm because it was unbelievable today."

My mindset is to get off to a fast start and try and keep it going."
--Rory McIlroy

"It was one of my best ever rounds. I am going to continue to play my game and if I play under par I will have a big chance to win."

Dutchman Derksen also did well to keep pace with six birdies and a solitary bogey.

McIlroy, who was beaten in a playoff for the title last year, is confident he can challenge for the title.

"I was in a similar position last year and shot a 65 to get into the play-off," he said.

"I'll have to do something like that or even better tomorrow. My mindset is to get off to a fast start and try and keep it going."

McIlroy finished last week's tournament at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai last week with a nine-under 63 and needs a repeat.

His third round was all the more creditable as he bounced back from an early double bogey to blitz the course.

Two-time former champion Jimenez also impressed with an eight-birdie 63 to get into the hunt.

"I love the golf course. It is a course you don't need to bang the ball to win or do well.

"I feel good and tomorrow I need to hit the ball well and knock some putts in," said the veteran Ryder Cup star.