Rory McIlroy is five shots off Gary Woodland’s lead going into the final round of this year’s US Open at Pebble Beach.
Woodland, a three-time US PGA Tour victor, produced a fantastic back nine performance to finish the round on 11-under and just one shot ahead of England’s Justin Rose.
Rose and Woodland both set themselves up for the weekend with rounds of 65, Rose on Thursday and Woodland on Friday, matching the lowest US Open round ever posted at Pebble Beach and first achieved by Tiger Woods in 2000.
“I felt for the most part today I did the right things,” McIlroy said.
“And I need to do 18 more holes of that, but just get a little bit more out of the round tomorrow than I did today,”
Graeme McDowell, meanwhile, shot a one-under for the day to leave him four-under for the week and in ninth position while Shane Lowry finds himself tied for 33rd on one-over par.
Tiger Woods is currently tied for 27th having finished the round on an even par.
“I got off to a crap start,” the 15-time major champion said.
“Two-under through three, and those are the easier holes. I had to try to fight back and claw out a round today, which I was able to do.”