Rory McIlroy added a 68 to the 67 rounds he placed on the first two days
Rory McIlroy says he played better than his score suggests after carding a third round of three-under-par 68 at the Scottish Open in The Renaissance Club
He recovered from an early bogey to rattle four birdies in five holes, but dropped shots on the 11th and 12th
McIlroy goes down the last day on 11 par, nine shots behind the tournament leader, the Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.
"My game is over there, I just have to go out, make a good score and end up on a positive note," McIlroy said.
The hope of Northern Ireland for a third victory of the season has almost certainly disappeared, as it is in a draw for 31st place after a day when the players have taken full advantage of the lack of wind on a course softened by rain.
The four-time big winner will have a relatively early start time on Sunday before moving to his native Nort, renaming Ireland for the Open at Royal Portrush.
"I feel like I played better than the score suggests, and that was the story of the week," McIlroy said.
"I heard a camera about my second shot at 11 clicks, but I was more frustrated that I did not return, missed the green and made a bogeyman and I also suffered from it at 12."
& # 39; My game is in good condition & # 39;
The world's number three has not played since his US Open game sparkled with a disappointing final round on Pebble Beach and chose not to participate in last week's Irish Open, a tournament he last four years.
"All I wanted to do was get a scorecard in my hand," the 30-year-old added.
"It didn't matter if the winning score was 20 below or 10 below, I just wanted to play competitive golf for four rounds and I'm going to do that.
" have a better idea of where my game is going next week, instead of having a week or a few weeks off and trying to figure it out as soon as I get there.
"Maybe I wanted to get a little sharper around the greens and practice a little more, but in general I feel that my game is in good condition."