2014 WGC Bridgestone Invitational winner Rory McIlroy is very well placed to add a second title ahead of tomorrow’s final round.
Starting three shots back of the leaders on ‘moving day’, the Holywood man is still well in contention after a -3 round of 67.
A birdie on the par five 2nd hole got proceedings underway. A straight 337 yard drive and decent approach left a 40 footer for eagle. Two putts later, he was up to -9.
A series of pars followed, as McIlroy was unable to get close to the hole with his approaches, though he was never in any real danger of dropping shots.
Just before finishing the outward nine, another birdie came at the 9th. Despite going into the rough, the drive measured just the 355 yards, meaning that he could still comfortably make the green. A tram-liner of a putt went in to go out in 33.
After that came seven pars, but elsewhere on the course, others were making their move. Marc Leishman, Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler closed the gap to the leading pack, while Jason Day and co-overnight leader Justin Thomas were also gaining shots.
McIlroy finally added a third birdie on the 17th. A 320+ yarder off the tee left just 73 yards to the pin for his second shot. He got it to within 16 feet, and sunk the putt to get to -11, good enough for second place alongside Ian Poulter.
Drive. Chip. Putt.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 4, 2018
A birdie putt on the last just chipped out, but it was a bogey-free round in all.
Thomas, who defends his PGA Championship next week, is currently on -14, but Rory will fancy his chances of making a charge on Sunday.
Tiger Woods made only one birdie in a disappointing round of 73 to put him tied 28th on -3, while Paul Dunne, playing in his first Bridgestone Invitational, shot a third round 75 to offset decent opening rounds of 71 and 68. He’s tied 63rd overall, at +4 for the tournament.