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Rory McIlroy matches lowest round of the week to blast up BMW PGA Championship leaderboard

Rory McIlroy produced a stunning third round to shoot his way up the leaderboard at the BMW PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy produced a stunning third round to shoot his way up the leaderboard at the BMW PGA Championship.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

After making a dramatic Friday fightback to sneak inside the cut-mark, Rory McIlroy walked off the course on Saturday afternoon somehow inside the top 10 at the BMW PGA Championship.

The world number two finally found his rhythm in the third round, carding a seven under par 65 to match the lowest round of the week so far at Wentworth and rise up to -7 for the tournament.

When he exited the 18th green, he was in a tie for ninth - 49 places up from where he started the day - and five shots behind leader Jon Rahm, who was just beginning his third round.

By the end of the day, Rahm had reached -15, alongside Danny Willett, leaving McIlroy's chances of victory on Sunday slim at best.

McIlroy got his round up and running early on, picking up three birdies in a row from the second hole.

He went on to add another birdie at the 11th and when he dropped his second eagle putt of the week, he was six under through 12.

The only bogey of the day arrived at 16 but, sandwiched between his fifth and sixth birdies of the round, it was to cause only limited damage.

It's all a far cry from his opening four over par 76, after which he faced a real fight to make it through to the weekend.

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