I’m still in control – McIlroy

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy (4/7 – Tournament Outright) heads into the final round of the US PGA Championship on Sunday with a one-shot advantage and the Northern Irishman insists he is ‘still in control’.

The 25-year-old carded a four-under-par 67 to lead on -13 at Valhalla, just one ahead of Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who shot 65 to leap up the table into second.

McIlroy, who is aiming to win three consecutive tournaments after success at the Open Championship and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, was not at the standard witnessed in the first two rounds after some uncharacteristic errors on Saturday.

A wayward tee shot on the driveable fourth hole, along with duffed chips on the eighth and twelfth, allowed the field to close the gap.

However, some inspired form on the home straight, which saw McIlroy card three birdies in the final four holes, opened the gap once more and leave the Northern Irishman at the top of the pile going into Sunday.

The three-time Major winner admitted his lead is not as big as previous tournaments but he was still in control.

“It’s not the biggest lead I’ve ever had but I am still in control of this tournament. The two birdies on 15 and 16 were huge,” he said.

“It’s the best place to be in a tournament. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Elsewhere, Rickie Fowler (9/2 – Tournament Outright) looks to continue his impressive form in the Majors as the American is on -11 after a round of 67 on Saturday, with Phil Mickelson (10/1) and Jason Day (12/1) a further shot back on -10.

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