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McIlroy (68) continues up-and-down Scottish Open

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Rory McIlroy is probably wishing he could jump from Thursdays straight to Saturdays.

Once again this week, McIlroy enjoyed a strong opening round followed by an unpredictably poor second round, then bounced back with a solid third round at the Scottish Open.

Following a 64-78 start, McIlroy posted a 3-under 68 on Saturday. After an opening bogey, he birdied three of the next five holes, then added a fourth birdie on the back nine.


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The round only got him within shouting distance for his second victory of the 2014 season, but with next week’s Open Championship looming, it was at least a moral victory after a second round that included seven holes of bogey or worse.

Since finishing T-3 at the year’s third major in 2010, the former world No. 1 hasn’t fared better than 25th place in the event.