McIlroy keeps in touch with Garcia
Rory McIlroy will tee off tied for third place on the leader board in the third round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
The Northern Irishman shares third place with Australian Marc Leishman on seven under, after shooting a one-under 69 in the opening round and 64 in Friday’s second round.
McIlroy, playing his first tournament since winning the Claret Jug in July, said the impressive form of current leader Sergio Garcia helped motivate him.
“Sergio played in front of me and I saw he kept making birdie after birdie and I thought I have to make some birdies coming in here or I am going to be way behind going into the weekend,” he told BBC.com.
“So it was nice to birdie the last couple and stay within touching distance of him.”
McIlroy carded seven birdies and one bogey at Firestone Country Club. Garcia leads the standings on 11 under after a first round 68 and a score of 61 on Friday.
Garcia’s score means he now shares the course record with Tiger Woods and Jose Maria Olazabal, who also scored 61’s in 2000 and 1990 respectively.
McIlroy’s compatriot, Graeme McDowell, is one over for the tournament and tied for 25th, after a shooting 71 and 70 in the first and second rounds.
McIlroy started the third round at 08:50, Ohio time.
I want to fulfil my dreams – Adam Scott in no mood to lower expectations
Scott is seeking a third Australian PGA Championship title this week in his native Queensland.
Nicolas Colsaerts named a vice-captain for Europe’s Ryder Cup team
The Belgian joins Thomas Bjorn and Edoardo Molinari on Luke Donald’s staff.
Ireland’s Ancient East: Golf attractions alongside stunning beauty of Kildare
Ireland has a rich mix of tourist attractions across its varied and beautiful terrain.
Rory McIlroy crowned top golfer in Europe despite Jon Rahm claiming Dubai title
The Spaniard’s two-shot victory over England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Sweden’s Alex Noren was his third in six years at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Leona Maguire shoots day’s best to tie Lydia Ko in chasing LPGA’s largest prize
Maguire is chasing her second title while Ko is close to claiming her second straight LPGA Tour player of the year.
Rory McIlroy edges ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in race to be European number one
McIlroy’s third round of 65 at the DP World Tour Championship put him back ahead of his rival in the rankings.
Lydia Ko firms lead for biggest prize in women’s golf history at LPGA finale
The 25-year-old turned a one-shot lead into a five-shot edge as she chased down the two-million-dollar (£1.6million) prize.
Matt Fitzpatrick leading race to become European number one
Rory McIlroy gave the Yorkshireman something to think about with a late blitz.
Lydia Ko in the lead for largest prize in women’s golf history at LPGA finale
The 25-year-old finished seven-under 65 in her bid to win the two-million-dollar (£1.6million) prize.
Matt Fitzpatrick moves into pole position to become European number one
Fitzpatrick is now projected to finish top of the DP World Tour rankings for the first time.