It has been such a disappointing season for Rory McIlroy that earlier this week we put him at the top of our list of players that need to win this championship the most.
After Saturday's 3-under 67, that isn't out of the question.
Rory was 5-over at one point on Friday, well outside the cut line, but then something clicked with the defending champion and he started golfing his ball for one of the few times this season. McIlroy closed his Friday round with four birdies over his last seven holes, and picked up just where he left off as he started his third round.
A great par save at the first got him going, but it was the way he closed his round that has him back in this championship. Rory made a 50-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole (video below), and after hitting his approach shot long on the 18th, faced a downhill chip.
What did the No. 3 player in the world do with it? Just knocked it in for a closing birdie and a round of 67 to get himself in the top 10 at the PGA Championship. With the golf course playing tough, and some of the leaders struggling early, Rory can just put his feet up and watch that lead continue to come back his way.
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