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McIlroy has Horschel in sight


Rory McIlroy trails Billy Horschel by four shots

Rory McIlroy trails Billy Horschel by four shots

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Rory McIlroy trails Billy Horschel by four shots

Rory McIlroy finished the third round of the Valero Texas Open four shots off the lead as he sought a morale-boosting victory ahead of the Masters.

The world number two shot a one-under-par 71 in San Antonio as American Billy Horschel retained his two-shot overnight lead.

The Northern Irishman was six under for the tournament going into the final round and in a tie for fourth place.

McIlroy, a late entry for the tournament as he searched for form leading into Augusta, shot a magnificent 67 on Friday and started in similar vein on Saturday with two birdies in his first three holes.

Things looked to be going wrong with bogey fives at the fourth, 10th and 11th before birdies at the 12th and 14th moved him back into contention.

Horschel opened with back-to-back 68s and a 70 today, featuring five birdies and three bogeys, put him on 10 under, two clear of compatriots Charley Hoffman and Jim Furyk.

Hoffman also went round in 70 with five birdies and three bogeys, while Furyk birdied the last, his fifth of the round too, to shoot a 69.

McIlroy was in a group of three on six under with Ryan Palmer, who had the best round of the day, a 68, and Bob Estes, who shot a 69.

Palmer had four birdies in a flawless round, while Estes looked set to match him only for a bogey at the second last to peg him back.