Golf: McIlroy moves ahead at rain-hit Irish Open, 3rd round to resume on Sunday

Rory McIlroy plays his second shot at the 13th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Rory McIlroy plays his second shot at the 13th hole during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBLIN (REUTERS) - World No. 3 Rory McIlroy moved ahead at the Irish Open on a storm-hit day three at the K Club on Saturday, knocking Danny Willett and Marc Warren off the top of the leaderboard.

Tournament host McIlroy, starting the day one stroke behind the joint leaders, made birdies at the fourth and 10th holes to move to nine under and ease three shots clear at the top of the leaderboard with three holes still to play.

Masters champion Willett, who also has three holes of his third round left, made three early bogeys and one birdie on the fourth to drop down the leaderboard.

Warren also struggled with the conditions and dropped five shots over the first nine holes to slip six shots behind McIlroy.

The third round will resume on Sunday morning.