McIlroy leads after 62 at WGC event in Memphis

Posted by on July 27, 2019  /   Posted in golf reviews

McIlroy shot the last three holes to lead by one shot WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, second round leaderboard-12 R McIlroy (NI); -11 B Koepka (USA); -10 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -9 M Leishman (AUS), A Noren (Swe), J Rahm (Spa); -8 B Horschel (USA), I Poulter (Eng), T Olesen (Den) Selected others: -7 T Fleetwood (Eng, J Thomas (USA), B Watson (USA), W Simpson (USA); -6 M Wallace (Eng); – 5 J Rose (Eng); -4 T Hatton (Eng), J Spieth (USA) P Reed

Rory McIlroy bounced back from his nightmare at the Open to lead the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis with an eight-less third round of 62.

The Northern Irishman, who missed the cutback on home support at Royal Portrush last week, made nine holes, including four of the last five.

He leads with a shot from American PGA winner Brooks Koepka (64), who finished fourth in the Open.

Matt Fitzpatrick, the leader of England, is a shot farther back.

His compatriot Ian Poulter heads four, with Tommy Fleetwood, second at the Open to second at the Open to Shane Lowry, at seven under.

McIlroy, who finished his third The consecutive birdie on the 18th with a 27-foot putt, said: "I drilled a lot of putts this week, which is nice."

It means that the 30-year-old will enjoy a very first Sunday couple with a colleague four-time big winner Koepka in the last group for the final round.

"Rory plays with some warmth," Koepka said. "I'm just going to have to take it deep."

Overnight leader Fitzpatrick had six birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey in a roller coaster round of 69, while the five-time European Tour winner follows his first US PGA triumph.

A victory would mean that the 24-year-old Englishman booked a place in the seasonal play-offs.

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