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Teenager Rory leads Dubai Desert Classic

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  • Rory McIllroy of Northern Ireland leads Dubai Desert Classic by two shots
  • Teenager McIllroy closing on first European Tour win at 15-under-par
  • Richard Green and Louis Oosthuizen trail by two shots halfway through third round
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(CNN) -- Precocious teenager Rory McIlroy takes a two-shot lead into the final day of the fog-hit Dubai Desert Classic as he chases his first European Tour win.

McIlroy played superbly on the third day to take a two-shot advantage

McIlroy played superbly on the third day to take a two-shot advantage

The 19-year-old from Northern Ireland is tipped for golfing stardom and has left some of the biggest names in the sport trailing at the Emirates Golf Club.

McIllroy initially charged to the top of the leaderboard by eagling the par-five 18th to complete a four-under-par 68 second round early on Saturday morning.

It left him with a halfway total of 12-under 132 -- one shot clear of South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and Henrik Stenson of Sweden.

With organizers keen to get as much play as possible so the tournament can be finished on Sunday, the field were quickly sent out for their third rounds.

McIllroy again took advantage, eagling his final hole of the day, the 10th with an approach to two-feet, to reach 15-under-par with 26 holes left to play.

He is two clear of former champion Richard Green of Australia and in-form Oosthuizen, who earlier in the day fired a hole in one on the short 11th.

Former world amateur number one McIlroy was beaten in two playoffs on his first full professional season and is tantalizingly close to achieving his goal of a win.

"It would be a huge first victory, it's one of the best events on Tour. For this to be my first win, if I could pull it off, it would be absolutely fantastic," McIlroy was quoted on the official Tour Web site www.europeantour.com.

But he is being chased by a strong field with Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Scott Strange, Thomas Levet and Abu Dhabi winner Paul Casey well placed at 10-under.

Former champions Robert-Jan Derksen and Dubai-based Stenson are also in touching distance at nine-under.

European number one Robert Karlsson of Sweden is on eight- under with world number two Sergio Garcia a further shot back.

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