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McIlroy and Fleetwood put in Players shade by ‘great day’ for Jon Rahm | Sport

Perhaps, given recent history, Rory McIlroy will take this position and the relative peace and quiet that comes with it. The Northern Irishman will be spared the pursuit of the Players Championship from the last group of the tournament. Spared is the appropriate term: McIlroy has not won on the previous nine occasions he has played in Sunday’s final pairing. Analysis of that has become a rising theme, one that will now be irrelevant regardless of the outcome here.McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood trail Jon Rahm’s 15 under par by a shot with 18 holes of the PGA Tour’s flagship event to play. McIlroy’s third round of 70 was far from a disaster but he appeared uncomfortable for the first time in this tournament; as demonstrated by his finding of just four fairways in regulation. The 28‑year‑old duly headed for a range session after completing media duties. “I hit it really good for the first couple days,” McIlroy said. “I don’t know, I was just maybe getting ahead of it a little bit. I missed a few to the right, so was maybe just getting a little quick from the top. It’s probably something very simple.”McIlroy had dropped shots on his first two third-round holes. The scorecard blemishes ended there. A gloriously faded long iron to the par-three 8th, which left a tap-in birdie, was one of the shots of McIlroy’s year, let alone this competition. There was just a single birdie thereafter. McIlroy had to make do with a par at the par five 16th having found water in two.“I’m in a good position – not the best position I could be in – but I thought after the start today that to play the last 16 holes in four under par with no bogeys was a good effort,” McIlroy added. “I just got off to a bit of a slow start. I don’t mind bogeying the 1st, that’s fine. But then the bogey at the 2nd hole was a little disappointing. I showed some character out there, showed some grit. I...

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