McIlroy leads DJ, Scott by three at Doral


With a 4-under 68 Saturday, Rory McIlroy will take a three-shot lead over Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Here’s what went down on Moving Day at Doral:

Leaderboard: McIlroy (-12), D. Johnson (-9), Scott (-9), Phil Mickelson (-7), Bubba Watson (-7), Danny Willett (-7)

What it means: McIlroy is in search of his 12thPGA Tour victory and third World Golf Championship. He previously won the WGC-Bridgestone in 2014 and the WGC-Match Play in 2015. He’ll play the final round alongside the defending champion, Johnson, who shot 1-under 71 Saturday and trails by three. McIlroy in his Tour career has closed six of eight 54-hole leads. Should he fail to hold on, Johnson would be only the third player to successfully defend a PGA Tour title at Doral, joining Ray Floyd (1980-81) and Tiger Woods (2005-07). Scott would be the first player to win in back-to-back weeks on Tour since Bill Horschel at the Deutsche Bank and Tour Championship in 2014. Good news for all three, the last 14 consecutive winners at Doral have been in either first or second through three rounds.

Round of the day: Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello each turned in 5-under 67. Oddly enough, they’ve posted the same scores all week: 73-71-67. They’ll start the final round tied with Anirban Lahiri for seventh place at 5 under.

Best of the rest: McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama both shot 68. McIlroy was bogey-free Saturday, just he was Friday, just like he’s been for his last 34 holes. Since making double bogey on his final hole Thursday, Rory has since just dropped a single shot and played the Blue Monster 10 under.

Biggest disappointment: The leader by two overnight, Scott now trails by three after a round of 1-over 73. Scott was even through 16 holes before failing to get up and down for par from the greenside bunker at 17.

Shot of the day: McIlroy's up-and-down from the bunker at 18 preserved both his bogey-free streak and his three-shot lead.

Storyline headed into Sunday: To win his third WGC title in as many years, McIlroy will have to hold off a chase pack that includes four more of the top 15 players of the world who are within five shots of his lead. The other player within five: five-time major champion Phil Mickelson.