McIlroy sees indicators of progress
"I'd have to go out tomorrow and maybe shoot 64 and see where that leaves me. But it was a good round today, I played better. I did what I wanted to do and that's all I can ask."
By Ali Stafford
Last updated: 10/18/20 1:19 AM
Rory McIlroy rates the state of his game after posting a third round of 66 at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.
Rory McIlroy believes his game is showing signs of progress as he searches for pre-Masters form at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.
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McIlroy banged four of his last five holes to close a third round of 66 at Shadow Creek and hit eight for the week. He lifted him into the top 10 and seven strokes behind the 54-hole leader Russell Henley.
The 31-year-old has spent the past three weeks tweaking his game since finishing eighth at the US Open. McIlroy was delighted to see his hard work paying off as he pushes his preparation for the U.S. final major year.
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"I think after the three-week hiatus after the US Open and coming home and recharging, I saw this as a six-week run up to Augusta," said McIlroy. "I try to work hard.
"I try to do the right things, work hard on my game, work hard on what I not only need for these weeks, but of course I also look to Augusta. That's stimulating, right? Something I can build on , and that's kind of what I'm trying to do.
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"For the past two weeks, every stroke I've made, every ball I've hit with at least two or three swing thoughts. Yesterday was a little better and today I hit the ball pretty well again, especially outside of tee again, that was a big plus.
"I kind of complained about my driving and teeing off, but this week has been really good. So if I can keep progressing there until tomorrow it would be great to take another low and get myself right." But I feel like I've made some good progress in my game. "
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When asked about his chances of winning after the round, McIlroy said, "Maybe it depends. It's difficult because if we have another day like this, it's one of those courses that have a good 66 score and an average Score is kind of. " 70, 71.
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"There's not a lot of separation, so tomorrow I'd have to go out there and maybe shoot 64 and see where that leaves me. But it was a good round today, I played better. I did what I wanted to do and that's all what I can ask for. "
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