Sullivan ready for McIlroy charge in Dubai


DP World Tour Championship leader Andy Sullivan is ready for a final-round battle with Rory McIlroy as the pair look to claim the title on Sunday.

Sullivan leads by one shot on 16-under after the third round of the final European Tour event of 2015, his 68 enough to maintain that slender advantage over the Northern Irishman.

While Sullivan carded his highest round of the tournament so far, McIlroy outscored everyone with eight birdies in his 65, and the overnight leader expects to be pushed all the way by his Sunday playing partner. 

"I'm playing well, putting really well, so for me it's about trying to give myself as much chance as possible," he said.

"I know Rory will have a good run at it, so for me it's about taking the chances and see where I finish.

"If I keep putting the way I am, and hitting the ball as well I can still do it, I believe in myself.

"I can't wait for tomorrow, it'll be good fun just to go out there and do battle."

Sullivan will be hoping for a better all-round performance if he is to claim the victory, the 29-year-old having been irritated by aspects of his game in the third round.

He added: "I felt pretty calm out there, I got a bit frustrated through the middle part of the round, my swing was just not quite on point today. 

"I felt like the putter really saved me on those last few holes, but to come off with a 68 the way I played I'm quite happy with."