McIlroy makes a move

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Rory McIlroy charged into the lead midway through the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy charged into the lead midway through the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday.

The young Northern Irishman carded a superb front-nine six-under-par 30 at St Andrews, including an eagle and four birdies, to move to 19 under par for the tournament.

Though he started the day five shots behind overnight leader and compatriot Michael Hoey, by the time he had played nine holes he had moved into a one shot lead.

McIlroy started with a birdie at the second and then holed his second shot to the par-four third for an eagle two after his approach pitched past the flag and spun back into the hole.

Birdies at the sixth, seventh and ninth soon followed and he took sole possession of the lead, one shot clear of Hoey, yet another countryman Graeme McDowell and Scotland’s George Murray.

McDowell was three under for his round through seven holes, while Murray very nearly matched McIlroy’s front nine, adding five birdies for an outward 31.

Hoey, meanwhile, was having a bit of an up and down day, carding two birdies and two bogeys in eight holes to remain 18 under.

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