PARAMUS, N.J. -- Rory McIlroy, who came into the FedExCup Playoffs ranked No. 1, continued his roller-coaster ride at The Barclays.
He broke par for the second straight day with a 70 but struggled on the greens where he ranks 64th in strokes gained-putting. McIlroy will start the final round at 4 under, which is five strokes off the lead held by Jim Furyk and Jason Day.
McIlroy, who is tied for 24th, used 29 putts on Saturday as he made three birdies and two bogeys. His second round was bogey-free after he opened with a 74.
"My speed has not been quite right all week," McIlroy said. "... And when I've hit good putts, I've just not given enough break on either the speed I've hit it or I've hit it right in the middle or just short. I hit a couple putts like that today.
"Maybe just go tomorrow and be a little more aggressive on the greens. Obviously I'm going to have to make some birdies to try and catch the guys in front of me."
McIlroy has had a hectic schedule -- on and off the course -- after winning his last three starts, including the season's last two majors and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. But he doesn't think fatigue has been a factor this week at Ridgewood.
"I feel pretty fresh," McIlroy said. "I feel like my game is still in good shape. ... I think it's just, I can't put it down to anything else (but putting)."
The 25-year-old Northern Irishman certainly hasn't given up on a fourth straight victory, either.
After all, he fired a final-round 62 to come from well off the pace and win his first PGA TOUR event in 2010 at the Quail Hollow Championship. McIlroy is looking for a similar round on Sunday.
"Try and get to at least double digits under par and then go from there and see if I can get there as quickly as possible," McIlroy said. "Then maybe make a bit of a charge. I've come from a lot behind before and every time I'm in this position, I always think back to Quail Hollow in 2010.
"But there's a lot of guys between me and the leaders. ... Might just be too much to ask, but try to get to double digits under par and try to finish as high up the leaderboard as possible and move onto next week."
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