McIlroy targets fast start to try claim his second Claret Jug

McIlroy targets fast start to try claim his second Claret Jug

With Carnoustie threatening to show its teeth for the final round of The Open, with a serious wind forecast, McIlroy needs to make up for a series of missed opportunities during his third round.

The Northern Irishman was scrambling all day with a bogey at the fourth erased and improved by back-to-back birdies at the sixth and seventh.
However, the back nine was a rollercoaster, as birdies were repeatedly immediately cancelled out by dropped shots, while a bogey at the 18th didn’t help his reflections on a round that could have been improved.
He will now start four shots behind leaders Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner after a 70 left him on five-under-par. “The only good thing is there’s not many players in between me and the lead.” Added McIlroy. “It’s not that bunched. There’s a lot of people behind, it looks like, at sort of 4-under and 3-under, but between 5 and 9, there’s only a handful of guys, which is nice and sets up for a big final day”
However, there’s no doubt about his high stakes strategy for getting back in contention.
“I’m going to go out and hit a lot of drivers, I felt the course was perfectly set up to take advantage of,” he said.
“Perhaps my wedge play wasn’t quite as good as it should have been but I gave myself plenty of chances, I just need to regroup and get ready.
“Dropping those two late shots was a blow, I’d have been happier to be two off the lead heading into the final round.
“But, I’m still in the tournament, I just need to get off to fast start and if the wind picks up, that will make it interesting. I think a lot of the guys will think they still have a chance.”
While the 2014 Champion Golfer is looking forward to being in the mix down the stretch on  Sunday he was also keeping his eye on the 14-time major winner Tiger Woods after his Saturday 66 .
“It’s good for golf,” added McIlroy. “He’ll definitely be feeling it. It’s his first time in the hunt for a major in a while. So, yeah, it will be good”
Paul Dunne carded a third round 73 to drop back to +4 for the tournament in a tie for 69th.
McIlroy is paired with last years runner up Matt Kuchar in game number 36 off at 2:15pm.

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