Rory McIlroy shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 64 on Saturday to move into a share of the lead after three rounds at the PGA Tour’s Canadian Open.
Seeking his second victory of the season, McIlroy surged into a tie with Webb Simpson (67) and Matt Kuchar (69) at 13-under 197.
“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.”
Adam Hadwin, seeking to become the first Canadian winner of the event since 1954, was one shot back after a 67. Shane Lowry (66) and Brandt Snedeker (69) were also 12-under.
McIlroy won The Players Championship in March but has not seriously contended since. A victory would be his fifth in a national open, following the U.S. Open (2011), Australian Open (2013), British Open (2014) and Irish Open (2016). His round was tied for the lowest of the day at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario, with Jonathan Byrd, who was tied for ninth at 8-under.
Kuchar, who shared the lead after two rounds, is seeking his career-best third victory of the season.
LPGA Tour: Jeongeun Lee6 made a 4-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to grab a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the ShopRite Classic.
Lee6 shot a 2-under 69 and completed 36 holes over the Bay Course at Seaview in Galloway, N.J., at 10-under 132. She will enter Sunday’s final round seeking to become the fifth player in LPGA history to win the U.S. Women’s Open and the following tournament in back-to-back weeks.
Louise Suggs (1952), Jane Geddes (1986), Se Ri Pak (1998) and Meg Mallon (2004) have accomplished the feat.
“My shots were pretty good. It’s just my putting and it was not good enough,” Lee6 said through an interpreter. “But I know 16, 17, 18, the yardages are pretty short. I know 16 I could have done a little bit better but holes 17 and 18, I think I did pretty good with it.”
Mariah Stackhouse, who contended at this event last year and finished in a tie for seventh, shot a 67 and held second place with a 133 total in her quest to become the first African American woman to win an LPGA Tour event.
Lexi Thompson four-putted No. 1, her 10th hole of the round, for double bogey but added an eagle and two birdies for a 70 to put her into a three-way tie for third at 134 with Ally McDonald (67) and Nanna Koerstz Madsen (68).
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