McIlroy aiming to go low in Texas

Rory McIlroy believes he has a low-scoring round in him as he looks to overhaul Billy Horschel‘s four-shot advantage over him in the final round of the Texas Open (McIlroy 7/1 Tournament Outright).

The two-time major champion was a late entry into the competition as he looks to find some form ahead of The Masters, which starts on Thursday.

The Northern Irishman has found himself on the coat-tails of the leaders for much of the competition in San Antonio and carded a one-under par round of 71 to keep himself in contention at six-under overall.

The 23-year-old had chances to close the gap on Horschel on Saturday but a bogey at the fourth and two more immediately after the turn has left him with a sizeable gap to bridge if he is to win his first PGA Tour event of the year.

Having struggled to get going so far in 2013, McIlroy was feeling in a positive mood after his third round and believes he has a round in him good enough to win the Texas Open.

The world No 2 said: “For the most part it was just about trying to play smart and give yourself as many chances as you can.

“It was tough. I probably should have been a couple better but it’s still a solid round and I still have a chance heading into Sunday.

“Today was not quite as good but the wind made it tough to score. I feel like there’s a low one in me for sure.”

McIlroy and co all have their eyes set on American Horschel, who is 6/5 to win his first PGA tournament after a two-under 70 on Saturday gave him a two-shot cushion heading into the final round.

Jim Furyk is one of the players looking to hunt Horschel down after a birdie at the 18th moved him into a share of second at eight-under alongside compatriot Charley Hoffman.

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