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Mac Rors back

Rory McIlroy bravely bounced back from his second round nightmare to keep his slim Open chances alive at wind-lashed St Andrews.

Less than 24 hours after following his record setting 63 with a painful 80, the 21-year-old Holywood star fired a three under 69 to go into the final round with an outside chance of victory on four under par.

It could have been even better for the young Ulsterman, whose third round charge was checked by a double bogey six at the 17th, where he caught a gust with his second and ended up against the wall that borders out of bounds.

But after a birdie on the last, McIlroy is hoping that he can go low today and possibly repeat the final round brilliance of his winning 62 at Quail Hollow three months ago.

McIlroy said: “It depends on what the lead is going into the final round is but if I get within five or six shots I feel I've got a really good chance.

“I know what I'm capable of around this golf course and I know what I'm capable of in final rounds.”

McIlroy will need to catch leader Louis Oostuizen who is a massive 11 shots ahead on 15 under.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

Belfast Telegraph