Published: Dec 10, 2011 1:20 PM EST
Updated: Dec 11, 2011 7:30 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Luke Donald is on the verge of making history as the first golfer to win the European and American money titles after moving into contention Saturday in the third round of the Dubai World Championship and watching his nearest rival Rory McIlroy struggle.

Donald had six birdies in a bogey-free round of 66 as he moved to 10 under for the tournament and into the clubhouse lead with 10 golfers on the course.

McIlroy, who needs to win the tournament to give him any chance of overtaking Donald for the European title, is still on the course but a bogey on the fifth and a double bogey on the seventh saw him slip back.