McIlroy finds form before US Open tilt

Rory McIlroy has fired six birdies in a bogey-free third round of 64 to jump into a three-way tie for the lead at the PGA Tour's Canadian Open.

09-Jun-2019 By Australian Associated Press
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Rory McIlroy added the Canadian Open to his schedule as a tune-up for next week's US Open at Pebble Beach and now he has a chance to add another national championship to his already impressive tally.

The Northern Irishman shot a bogey-free six-under 64 on Saturday to move into a share of the lead after three rounds of the PGA Tour event at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

"I think the best preparation for tournaments ahead is to get yourself into contention and feel the heat of battle, and going down the stretch hitting the shots when you need to," McIlroy said.

"If you can do that then I don't think there is anything else in the game that will give you more confidence than that."

Seeking his second victory of the season, McIlroy surged into a tie with Webb Simpson (67) and Matt Kuchar (69) at 13-under 197.

McIlroy's round was tied for best on the day with Jonathan Byrd, who was in share for ninth at eight under.

Kuchar, who shared the second-round lead, has a shot at his career-best third victory of the season.

Simpson has played 54 holes without a bogey.

"I think the times when it's a guess this week I've guessed correctly," Simpson said.

McIlroy won The Players Championship in March but has not seriously contended since but he is well aware of the five national championships he has already won.

"If I were able to win tomorrow that would be my sixth and that would be something I would be very proud of," he said.

Adam Hadwin, seeking to become the first Canadian winner of the event since 1954, was one shot back after a 67, along with Shane Lowry (66) and Brandt Snedeker (69) who were also 12 under.

Snedeker, who shot a tournament-record 60 on Friday, said the conditions were difficult in the third round.

"Today was a tough day. Wind was blowing, hard to put the ball in the fairway, and then the greens are firm and bouncing so really hard to get them close," the American said.

Australian veteran Rod Pampling had a third-straight round of 69 to be at three-under, 10 shots off the pace in a share of 43rd.


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