Sunday, 05 August 2018
Rory McIlroy  (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)

Not only did Rory McIlroy's third-round 67 secure him a place in the final group at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday but it saw him become the first person to produce 11 straight rounds in the 60s at Firestone Country Club.

Despite the course getting firmer on Saturday, the 2014 champion carded three birdies and no bogeys to grab a share of second place on 11 under par, three strokes behind leader Justin Thomas.

Northern Irishman McIlroy has now posted scores of 69, 64, 66, 66, 67, 69, 68, 69, 65, 67 and 67 in his last three appearances at the Ohio venue, which is playing host to this event for the final time before it moves to Memphis next year.

McIlroy was thrilled with his performance on Saturday. He said: "It's the best I've hit it off the tee and probably the best I've hit it overall.

"I hit some better wedge shots out there, which was good to see. I wish I could have converted a couple more of the chances but it sort of all evened out.

"I holed a couple of really nice putts for par in the middle of the back nine, so I'm happy with that. 

"The course is firming up a little bit. The greens are still receptive but it's definitely playing a little bit tougher today than it has done the previous two days.

"I'm happy with everything.

"I'm feeling good. It's a great opportunity to test what I've been trying to work on this week, test it under the gun on a Sunday when you have a chance to win. So I'm excited for it.

"The last time I won here I was three behind going into the last day and had a fast start."

The 29 year old finished in a tie for second at the Open Championship at Carnoustie last month and has been the runner-up on two other occasions on the European Tour this season.

McIlroy is hoping to go one better this week.

He added: "I've finished second way too many times this year, and third, whatever. 

"Tomorrow's a great opportunity to try and win again. I'll need a good round, I'm still a few behind, but yeah, I'm getting a little sick of the second places."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1THOMAS, JustinUSA18-15
2STANLEY, KyleUSA18-11
T3OLESEN, ThorbjørnDEN18-10
T3JOHNSON, DustinUSA18-10
5KOEPKA, BrooksUSA18-9
T6WISE, AaronUSA18-8

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