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Gaining confidence: Rory in contention at WGC

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AKRON, Ohio – Rory McIlroy has struggled with his game this year, but back-to-back scores of 3-under 67 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational have helped restore some confidence.

'It's getting there, it definitely is,' he said after a four-birdie, one-bogey performance in the third round. 'I've worked hard to get it back. The last few weeks have been tough. Just playing so great, and obviously my expectations every time I tee it up are pretty high and not to live up to my expectations is not nice, but I feel like I'm definitely moving in the right direction.'

It's coming at just the right time, too.

In the year's first three majors, McIlroy has results of T-40, MC and T-60. He's looking to reverse that trend at next week's PGA Championship.

'If I can go ahead and shoot a good one tomorrow and post a good finish, or if I go ahead and get off to a really fast start and get myself right in there with a chance,' he said, 'then there's no better way to prepare for next week.'