Rory’s Mas­ters 64 hints at re­turn to form

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RESULTS / ROUND-UP -

RORY McIl­roy fired his best round for three months as vet­eran Robert Karls­son ended an en­ter­tain­ing third round with a one-shot lead at the Bri­tish Mas­ters.

At the start of the week, McIl­roy in­sisted he was un­con­cerned about the prospect of just the sec­ond win­less season of his ca­reer, a season which will come to an early end next week. But the four-time Ma­jor win­ner’s bo­gey-free round of 64 at Close House equalled his low­est score of an in­jury-hit cam­paign to leave him just two shots behind Karls­son, who fired a 67 to move to 12 un­der par.

Paul Dunne is one shot ahead of McIl­roy after a bril­liant 65. Dunne fired six birdies and a soli­tary bo­gey for a round of five-un­der that left him nicely poised on 11-un­der-par for a final-day chal­lenge at Close House.

Shane Lowry is tied with McIl­roy after he went around in 66 to keep his hopes also very much alive.

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