McIlroy shoots 62, leads Koepka by stroke in Memphis

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 28, 2019 06:35 AM
McIlroy shoots 62, leads Koepka by stroke in Memphis
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after sinking his birdie putt on the 18th green to give him the lead during the third round of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. McIlroy finished the day at 12-under par, one stroke ahead of Brooks Kopeka. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

By Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rory McIlroy shot an 8-under 62 on Saturday at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational to take a one-stroke lead over Brooks Koepka at the World Golf Championships event.

McIlroy, who missed the cut by a stroke last week in the British Open on his home turf in Northern Ireland, rebounded very nicely. He had a nine-birdie, one-bogey round to move from a tie for 17th to the top of the leaderboard at TPC Southwind. The man who shattered the screen of a woman's cellphone with his opening tee shot at Royal Portrush finished the round Saturday with three straight birdies.

McIlroy capped his birdie spurt by rolling in a 27-footer on the par-4 18th after putting his tee shot into a fairway bunker. He had a 12-under 198 total.

Two groups behind McIlroy, Koepka (64) had his chances. The world's top-ranked player finished with three straight pars. Now Koepka and McIlroy, who played the first two rounds together, will play together Sunday in a final round for the first time in their careers.

Second-round leader Matthew Fitzpatrick (69) was third, two strokes back. Marc Leishman (63), Alex Noren (66) and Jon Rahm (68) were three shots behind.

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