By Paul Mallon | USPGA Championship
Rory McIlroy loves the USPGA. And the golf world loves Rory playing well.
On Saturday at Oak Hill, Rochester, he carded a 3-under 67, which was some achievement as the Northern Irishman was 5-over at one point.
McIlroy closed his Friday round with four birdies over the last seven holes, and picked up where he left off for his third round on Saturday.
The pick of those Saturday shots was this 50-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. Rory then chipped in for a birdie at the 18th.
The snarl is gone and the smile is back. So, does McIlroy (24) have any chance of retaining his USPGA title?
Not if leader Jim Furyk or second-place Jason Dufner have anything to say about it. But Rory has closed to 22/1 and is T7 as some of the big names fade so a top 10 looks achievable at least. (Earlier in the tournament McIlroy had been as long as 125/1).
“It was good to feel that rush again,” McIlroy said. “I hope it can be the spark for me. I felt I still had a chance when I made the cut. Every time I’m in that position I think of Quail Hollow a few years ago when I made the weekend on the number and won. It gives me confidence that I’ve been in that position before was able to come through.”