Rory McIlroy was satisfied following his third-round 67 at the Masters on Saturday but admits he’s a long way off Sunday silverware.
The Northern Irishman signed for a five-under 67 around a chilly Augusta on Saturday, moving him to eight-under for the tournament. McIlroy was five under when he stepped on the 13th tee, but a bogey set him back. He managed to make up for his mistake with neat iron into the par three 16th that set up a birdie putt.
“Yeah, really satisfied,” he said after his round.
“I set a target for myself to try to get to double digits under par by the end of the day. I didn’t quite get there but I played a really good round of golf.
“I really had it going around the turn, just had that slight hiccup on 13, but I was able to get a shot back. I had a good up and down for par on 15 and a shot back on 16. It was a real solid round of golf and solid last couple of days.”
But McIlroy is under no illusions as to the challenge that lies ahead. Leader Dustin Johnson is another eight shots ahead at the top of the field and looking in sublime form.
“I’ve probably given myself too much to do after the 75 on the first day but, we’ll see where eight-under leaves me and we’ll try and go out and shoot a good score tomorrow,” added the four-time major winner.
“I haven’t really made a good run here on a Sunday before so it’s about time… it’s my 12th time here. I feel good, my game is there, I think I have shown that after the last two days. So it’s just a matter of going out there, committing, trusting, playing the same way.
“If I can put up another number… I’ll probably need something a little lower than what I shot today. But at least set a number in the clubhouse for the guys behind me to chase.”
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