NORTON, Mass. – Rory McIlroy, seeking his third win on the PGA TOUR, will take a one-stroke lead into Sunday’s third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
McIlroy shot his second consecutive 65 and is 12 under, one shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen, who will be his playing partner in Sunday’s final pairing.
“Obviously he’s playing really well, and it’s always nice playing with him,” Oosthuizen said. “He’s got such a good swing. He goes for a lot of shots, he makes a lot of birdies, so it’s always fun to watch. “
McIlroy, the world No. 1, is ranked fourth in FedExCup points and would move to first if he goes on to win in Monday’s final round.
“Pleased with where I am,” McIlroy said, “and looking forward to the weekend.”
Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore are tied for third at 10 under. Jason Dufner and first-round leader Seung-Yul Noh, the 21-year-old TOUR rookie from Korea, are in a group tied for fifth at 9 under. Noh shot even-par 71 after his sizzling 62 to open the tournament on Friday.