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Rory McIlroy Leaps Into Contention At Dell Technologies Championship

Rory McIlroy’s bid to end the season on a high got a boost today as he shot a third round 66 in Boston.

The tournament customarily begins on a Friday, so McIlroy will have 18 holes on Monday to challenge the leaders. Coming into the event, the Ulsterman had taken the previous week off, missing the Northern Trust – the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

His start to the week was subdued, posting a 71. The second round was much better, with McIlroy shooting a 67 to go to four under for the event.

He trailed leader Webb Simpson by seven shots heading into today, but seven birdies later the four-time major winner is currently just three shots off the lead.

Four birdies in his first seven holes were offset by a dropped shot on the fifth. A drive into the fairway bunker meant that his approach could only get to within 40 yards of the pin, leaving a difficult and ultimately unsuccessful up-and-down attempt.

Things got better around the turn for the 29-year-old, as he gained strokes on both nine and ten.

A birdie on 13 after a remarkable approach during his early round temporarily propelled the two time winner of this event to the top of the leaderboard after Webb Simpson’s poor start.

Unfortunately, he found water by quite a distance on the par three 16th hole. While he made the up-and-down from the drop zone, it was a second bogey.

Nonetheless, it’s a -9 total after 54  holes for Rory, whose place in Team Europe for the Ryder Cup was confirmed. He’s currently tied for 8th, three shots behind last week’s winner, Bryson DeChambeau.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.