Mar 19th, 2017
Rickie & Rory storm into Bay Hill contention
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Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty
Rickie & Rory stole the show on day three of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill as they both carded stunning (low rounds of the tournament) 65s to move into contention going into the final day.
Rory is now -6 and Rickie Fowler -5. Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman lead the way at -11, with Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton at -8.
McIlroy had been struggling earlier this week, playing his first 20 holes in 4 over par. He spent 40 minutes on the range after his round on Thursday trying to address his swing situation.
“My timing’s just been a little bit off this week,” said McIlroy, who’s making just his second start since returning from a stress fracture in his rib. “My timing was a bit better today, starting from the warm-up on the range and thankfully it transferred out onto the course.”
McIlroy is 79th in the FedExCup after his seventh-place finish two weeks ago at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. He didn’t make a bogey Saturday, missing just three greens in regulation.
Rickie’s round was even more remarkable considering he had a double bogey at the third after hitting his tee shot in the water. His response was to fire seven birdies and an eagle, carding 30 on the back nine, including the eagle at the par-5 16th and an up-and-down from the water to save par at No. 11.
Fowler is No. 10 in the FedExCup after earning his fourth PGA TOUR win at The Honda Classic.
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