McIlroy with mixed feelings after Saturday showing

28 February 2021 19:39:52 GMTPlus10

World number eight Rory McIlroy says he is not "flushing it" but there are signs of encouragement to take from his third-round performance at the WGC Workday Championship.

The Northern Irishman, who shot rounds of 69 and 70 over the first two days at The Concession in Florida, enjoyed an eventful time during his 18 holes on Saturday, making seven birdies, one eagle, a double bogey and a bogey.

McIlroy ended up signing for a six-under-par 66, the joint-best round on Saturday, to move onto -11 for the tournament and into a share of fifth with American Patrick Reed.

The four-time Major winner is four shots behind leader Collin Morikawa, who signed for a round of 67 on day three, and a near-perfect display will be required if Europe's number three will be hoisting the trophy aloft on Sunday night.

Speaking about this performance, McIlroy told the European Tour: "It's OK. It's nowhere near what I feel like I can play. I feel like I'm sort of piecing it around. I'm getting it around, put it that way.

"I don't feel like I'm flushing it by any means but it's a work in progress and I'm seeing some good signs, which I guess is encouraging."

US pair Billy Horschel and Brooks Koepka share second spot on -13, two shots off the pace, while Webb Simpson is a further stroke back on -12 after signing for a second consecutive round of 69.

McIlroy is 4001.00 to win the WGC Workday Championship, Horschel and Koepka are priced at 251.00 and 751.00 respectively, while Morikawa is 1.001 to claim the spoils.

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