So much for being flat.
Two days after stumbling out of the gates at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a 1-over 73 at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy was back in form Saturday, firing an 8-under 64 at St. Andrews. At 12 under, he'll begin the final round in a tie for second, three shots behind Oliver Wilson.
Midway through his round, McIlroy appeared headed for an even lower number. The Ulsterman reeled off five birdies in a row on Nos. 3-7, and after making the turn in 6-under 30, he was 8 under through 12 holes. Despite playing his final six holes even par, McIlroy moved into second alongside three other players, with the final round offering another shot at the Old Course.
McIlroy admitted to a slow start after the emotion of last week's Ryder Cup victory as a part of Team Europe. On top of that, this week the 25-year-old made yet another adjustment to his equipment, adding Nike Vapor irons to his arsenal.
McIlroy wasn't the only player able to take advantage of scoring conditions during the third round at St. Andrews. Louis Oosthuizen, who won the Open Championship on the Old Course, carded a 10-under 62 to move into the top 10 while Tommy Fleetwood, who will begin the final round in a tie for second alongside McIlroy, matched Oosthuizen with a 62 after six straight birdies on Nos. 5-10.