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.
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.