Monday 23 April 2018

McIlroy set for a final flourish

Mark Garrod

RORY McILROY is just three shots off the lead going into tonight's final round of the Cadillac Championship at the Blue Monster course at Doral in Florida.

And Pádraig Harrington continued to show some of his old form to finish the day one shot behind McIlroy.

Harrington shot a five-birdie 68 in yesterday's third round to move to nine under for the tournament with his only blemish coming on the par-three 15th, while McIlroy got the most out of an up and down day with a birdie, birdie finish that saw him shoot 69.

Dustin Johnson registered a scintilating 65 and will take a two-shot advantage into tonight's final round over Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar and Nick Watney.

Leader after the first and second rounds, Hunter Mahan should have been among that group at worst, but a nervy finish in which he bogeyed the final two holes saw him slump to a 71 and a share of fifth place alongside McIlroy.

Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, playing together yet again, remained deep in the pack. America's two superstar golfers reached halfway on level par, nine adrift of their Ryder Cup team-mate Hunter Mahan and down in 34th place in the 66-strong field.

Both birdied the long first, but Mickelson gave the shot back three holes later and after six they remained one under and level par respectively. Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood also opened with birdies to improve to two under and one under.

But McDowell was unable to build on that and despite birdies on the 15th and 16th, he finished with a 71 to lie tied for 30th on two under.

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