Thursday 21 September 2017

Rory McIlroy storms into lead

McIlroy: 'I felt like every shot I looked at I was comfortable over and I really putted well today'
McIlroy: 'I felt like every shot I looked at I was comfortable over and I really putted well today'
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World number one Rory McIlroy was in scintilating form in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow last night, shooting a 61, his lowest round as a professional, to destroy a top quality field in a display of sustained brilliance.

McIlroy shot nines of 31 and 30 in an 11-under par round which moved him to 18-under for the tournament and holding a four shot lead entering today's final round.

He also broke the course record having set the previous record of 62 in his 2010 victory, which Brendon de Jonge matched last year.

Needing to birdie the final two holes for a 59, the top-ranked McIlroy, who produced an astonishing display of long driving to overpower the Quail Hollow course, closed with two pars.

"I got off to a great start, and the course was gettable out there," McIlroy said. "But you never think you're going to go out there and do something like that."

McIlroy started the day three shots behind co-leaders Webb Simpson and Robert Streb, and had five birdies in his front-nine 31. He didn't let up on the back, birdieing six of the first seven holes.

The highlight came when McIlroy drove the green on the 345-yard, par four 14th hole for the fourth time in his career - more than any player in tournament history.

He's on pace to shatter the tournament record of 16 under set by Anthony Kim in 2008.

"I felt like every shot I looked at I was comfortable over and I really putted well today", said McIlroy. "I went after a few more pins today." Asked how he would approach the final round, he added, "I hope to keep it going. Just because I've got a lead doesn't mean I shouldn't go out and play aggressively and look for birdies."

Simpson shot a 68 to hold second place, four shots behind McIlroy, while Streb is on 11-under after a third round of 71.

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