Rory McIlroy’s bid to claim only his second win on tour in nearly two years, has come to a stuttering halt.
The Hollywood man, who walked away with the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bayhill over St. Paddy’s weekend, found himself slap bang in contention going into the final round of play at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, this evening.
Having shot solid rounds of 67 to compliment a bogey free round of 65 on Thursday, the world number 7, found himself in a share of second, three shots adrift of a scintillating Justin Thomas. The American, former world number 1, produced a glut of birdies over the first three days, starting the final round at -14.
The Irishman has struggled in the humid conditions on day four, however. Having started brightly with a birdie on the second hole, McIlroy’s short game fell away badly, dropping shots on the fifth, before a nightmarish turn, bogeying the eighth, ninth and tenth.
The 29 year-old’s mood could not have been helped by watching player partner Thomas, make the turn in level par, carding a single birdie and bogey on the opening nine.
With three holes to play, McIlroy finds himself at -7, and in a share of 11th place, having picked up another bogey at the par-3 15th.
Thomas could quite literally hand the clubs to me for the last three holes – the Louisville man holds a buffer of four shots over fellow American Kyle Stanley.