CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Not even bookend bogeys at Nos. 1 and 18 could slow Rory McIlroy’s climb up the Quail Hollow leaderboard on Saturday.
McIlroy shot a third-round 66 in calm morning conditions to vault 41 spots up the board and into a tie for seventh. The round was McIlroy’s best this year on Tour by three strokes and, more importantly, an encouraging sign the young Northern Irishman has rebounded from an early-season back ailment that had slowed his rookie campaign.
McIlroy’s round will also give the leaders, who don’t tee off until 1:35 p.m. (ET), something to shoot at as the winds begin to build.