On a crowded leaderboard at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Rory McIlroy and Harry Diamond are well placed for a Sunday Charge.
McIlroy continued to have issues with his wedge play and never made a putt of any distance during a third round 68 but he’s still only three behind the leaders including his Ryder Cup playing partner Thomas Pieters who shot 66 and Zach Johnson, who carded a 65.
“It could have been a lot better,” McIlroy said after a round containing four birdies and two bogeys.
“I put myself in good positions out there and had some great chances coming in the last six holes and didn’t convert any of them.
“I could have been a few closer to the lead but still feel with the way I’m playing I have a good shot going into tomorrow.”
McIlroy who won the event in 2014 but was unable to defend his title the following year due to injury, is playing his first event since splitting from long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald, with his best man Harry Diamond on the bag.
“I feel great about my game,” the 28-year-old added. “My driving’s good, my iron play has improved each and every day.
“It’s just a matter of doing it all over again tomorrow, seeing a few more putts drop and putting a bit of pressure on the leaders and we’ll see what happens.”
This might have been a stop-start season filled with more injury and inconsistencies yet McIlroy knows a victory ahead of next week’s PGA would change everything.
Extended highlights of Rory’s third round