August 31, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Rory McIlroy jumped up 14 spots on the leaderboard Sunday after a bogey-free 64. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NORTON, Mass. -- Rory McIlroy said shooting 64 Sunday at TPC Boston felt "normal."
Lately it has been.
McIlroy has three wins in his last four starts and after seven birdies in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship is in position for another one. He is 10 under through 54 holes and tied for third two strokes back of leader Russell Henley.
"It feels like it's what I'm supposed to do," McIlroy said. "It's my job to go out there and shoot good scores. I'm not getting too excited about it. I've shot good scores before. I've got a lot of work to do tomorrow if I want to try to win this tournament."
He did plenty of it on Sunday, hitting 15 greens and taking just 27 putts. He didn't have a bogey and made three birdies over his final six holes to charge into contention.
McIlroy also had two key par saves, getting up-and-down from behind the green on 6 and 12, to keep the momentum going.
He had a chance to add to his birdie total on the par-5 18th but laid back off the tee with a 285-yard 5-wood and failed to get up-and-down after his second shot rolled off the back of the green.
"I hit driver (Saturday) and I had driver out today and then I was thinking, you're 7-under par for the round, you want to take the bad number out of play," McIlroy said. "At least I still had chance making a birdie ... I played it a little conservatively. I thought lay back because there's no point in ruining a great round of golf like that by one bad tee shot."
Instead, he was happy to settle for another good one.
"It's still in there," McIlroy said of his game. "It definitely didn't surprise me."
Or anyone else.
Rory McIlroy’s near ace on the par-3 16th at Deutsche Bank