Thursday 24 May 2018

Horror front nine sees Rory McIlroy tumble down leaderboard but Tiger Woods shoots first sub 70 since 2015

Rory McIlroy and (inset) Tiger Woods
Rory McIlroy and (inset) Tiger Woods

Rory McIlroy had a front nine to forget at the Honda Classic as he tumbled down the leaderboard to finish a full 14 shots off leader Luke List.

McIlroy hit bogeys at the fourth and fifth before a double bogey on the par-four sixth and back-to-back bogeys on six and seven.

That horror five holes saw him go around in six-over-par as he slid down to +9.

He did manage to steady the ship thereafter with a birdie on the ninth to card a 40 for the front nine.

More birdies followed on 10, 14 and 17 with a bogey on 11 as the Northern Irishman signed for a 73.

Shane Lowry also had a day to forget as he carded a 75 to finish as 10 over.

Tommy Fleetwood closed his third round with an eagle to head into the final day of the Honda Classic two shots behind leader Luke List.

The Englishman produced his best round of the tournament on Saturday, carding two eagles, two birdies, a bogey and a double bogey to sign for a 67 and move to five under par.

Speaking after his round to CBS Sports, Fleetwood said: "Great, great finish. I made two eagles so that was always going to be great. I made some great up and downs as well.

"Just that finish... the toughest part of the course and I finished really strongly, so I'm very happy.

"I would love to get my first win on the PGA Tour this week, that'll be something I want to do until I get it. It's great to be playing on courses like this that are such a test of every part of your game."

American List heads the field on seven under after posting a second successive 66. His round included three birdies before the turn and finished with a birdie-bogey-birdie run.

List's countrymen Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson sit in a share of second on six under.

Sweden's Alex Noren fired a 65 on day three to jump to four under.

Tiger Woods broke 70 for the first time in nearly two-and-a-half years, carding three birdies in a round of 69.

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