McIlroy posted eight birdies in his third round to tie for 10th lie – 15 R Henley (US); -12 X Schauffele (US), L Griffin (US), T Gooch (US), J Kokrak (US); -10 J Thomas (USA), J Day (Aus), T Hatton (Eng) Selected others: -9 C Moriwaka (US); -8 R McIlroy (NI), B Watson (US), H Matsuyama (Jap); -7 J Rahm (Spa), M Fitzpatrick (US); -4 I Poulter (Eng); -2 J Rose (Eng)
Rory McIlroy fired a beautiful third round of six-under-par 66 to finish in the top 10 at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.
McIlroy was 12 shots behind the pace after opening rounds of 73 and 69, but moved up eight down for the tournament with one round of eight birdies. ]
Number four in the world is seven shots behind leader Russell Henley who has a three shot lead over four fellow Americans, including Xander Schauffele.
A 73 left England's Tyrrell Hatton in joint sixth place at 10th bottom.
PGA Championship winner Hatton was three shots off the lead in second place in the first two rounds after opening the tournament with a 65 on Thursday and 68 on Friday.
Hatton, 29, had a consistent but frustrating day, with eight t pars on the front nine against a bogey, before canceling a bogey five on the 14th with a birdie four on the last after hitting his second shot within eight feet.
Northern Ireland McIlroy took birdies on the par-four third and sixth holes, dropped a shot on the long seventh, but then made six birdies against just one bogey through his back nine on five under play, including birdieing on his last three holes.
Henley was an unspectacular model of consistency in building his lead, with two front nine birdies and three more to kick off his back nine, in his bogey-free round.
] Matthew Fitzpatrick from England meanwhile shot a 72 down to seven.
Prominent among other British players was Ian Poulter, who shot 73 on four under and 11 on the lead, and Justin Rose, whose 68 had him on two under.