Rory McIlroy has shown to the world just how tournament fit he is, but posting a third round score of 68, leaving him six under for the tournament. The World Number One had already posted a pair of 71's but significantly climbed up the leaderboard on Saturday.
It was not a perfect round for the Northern Irishman but it has done enough to answer his doubters. Many journalists were asking if he was rushing back into playing tournament golf, despite Rory insisting he was 'good'.
Four bogeys spoilt the day, but he mesmerised the galleries with six birdies and an eagle but it wasn't enough for even the ever-optimistic McIlroy to be confident of his chances of reclaiming the title.
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Sitting nine shots back from the impressive Jason Day (who's worst score this week is 68) and with fifteen players between them, I think the Northern Irishman has reason for doubt.
"In the back of your mind, you still think you have a chance, because that's what your competitive nature tells you," said McIlroy.
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"But if you're looking at it realistically, I want to go out there tomorrow and shoot the best score that I've shot this week." when asked about his goals for Sunday.
It has been known for leaders to 'blow up' in the final round due to pressure and all sorts of other reasons, but 16 guys to all do it while McIlroy goes on to shoot a record 62? I don't think so. If it does, I'd be rueing not putting a fiver on it!
McIlroy's season is not over yet, with the FedEx Cup Playoffs starting in two weeks time with a share of $67million up for grabs.
The 'football lover' was 12th in the FedEx Cup points tally before this weeks PGA Championship and of things stay as they are (as of the end of play on Saturday), he will jump to ninth. He has never won the playoffs but despite this, he has already announced that he won't be there in two weeks time.
“I'm going to take a couple of weeks off just to sort of re-assess everything, and I'll start back in the playoffs at Boston,” Rory said, referring to the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.
A wise head on young shoulders continued by saying “I didn't want to play (at the WGC Bridgestone) because I didn't want to jeopardise playing this week.
There's no point in playing last week and then it flaring up, and then you completely threw this tournament into question. You have to play safe coming back from injury; you have to give yourself enough time.”
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