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Rory Mcilroy roars into contention with sublime 64 at Deutsche Bank Championship

By Robert Jones

Rory McIlroy was in sublime touch as he stormed up the leaderboard at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a flawless seven under 64 yesterday.

The in-form world number one managed seven birdies in his penultimate round and is now in a tie for second on 10 under overall, alongside American pair Chris Kirk, who matched McIlroy's round, and Russell Henley, just one shot behind leader Jason Day.

Ulsterman McIlroy made an excellent start with birdies at two and three before driving a 132-yard approach to nine feet at the seventh, with a nerveless putt moving him to three under for his round.

Two more excellent up and downs at the 13th and 15th left him with simple putts, while he was inches away from acing the 16th, consoling himself by tapping in for his seventh birdie of the day.

He passed up a chance to close his round with a flourish after finding the rough with his approach on his final hole, but he saved par and will now fancy his chances heading into today's final round.

McIlroy has won three of his last four tournaments heading into Boston, having triumphed at the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship in recent weeks. McIlroy, meanwhile, could find himself unwittingly on the wrong side of the law if he tweets another 'selfie' from the Ryder Cup.

At the Hoylake Open in July, McIlroy tweeted a photo of himself holding the victor's claret jug to his two million followers on Twitter.

However, the competition organisers have introduced a ban on uploading photographs to the internet via social media during the event at Gleneagles in Scotland later this month.

No audio or video capture is permitted at all during the six-day event as the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) and the PGA European Tour want to make sure their image is intact, and players are not distracted.

Anyone contravening the lengthy list of regulations will have their mobile device or camera confiscated for the duration of the day.

Social media expert Prof Sarah Pedersen, of Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, said the regulation may be rather difficult to enforce.

Referring to a recent request from Kate Bush, the singer, that fans should not take pictures during her current tour, Prof Pedersen said: "There are always going to be people who want to break the law. I think Kate Bush was very lucky because she had this incredibly loyal and very excited audience."

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