McIlroy in control after three rounds

Saturday, April 09, 2011
By Chris Gay
Staff Writer

Rory McIlroy is showing no signs of slowing. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland recorded a solid 70 today to take a four-shot lead into the final round. McIlroy, bidding to become the first Irishman to win the Masters, is vying for his first major championship.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the lead after three rounds at the Masters Tournament.

(Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff)

At No. 17, McIlroy curled in a 25-foot, downhill birdie putt and pumped his fist, placing the exclamation point on his round. He two-putted for par at the last.

Angel Cabrera of Argentina tied with Adam Scott and Bubba Watson for the day's low round at 67. Cabera, the 2009 Masters champion, is tied for second place at 8-under with South Africa's Charl Schwartzel (68), Korea's K.J. Choi (71) and Australia's Jason Day (72).

Day, who fired the low second round at 64, couldn't replicate his Friday success. He shot 37 on the back nine to finish four behind McIlroy.

Scott, who's bidding to become the first Australian to win the Masters, bogeyed No. 18 to fall to 7-under. He is tied with Englishman Luke Donald, the Par-3 Contest winner, who shot 69.

Bo Van Pelt is the low American at 6-under after posting 68. Bubba Watson is at 5-under, tied for ninth place with four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods and Ross Fisher (71), Fred Couples (72) and Geoff Ogilvy (73). Woods, who struggled with his putting all day, limped home with 74.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot 71 and stands at 3-under. Hideki Matsuyama, the Asian Amateur champion and the lone remaining amateur in the field, is tied with Mickelson after carding 68.In this StoryAngel Cabrera (Stats | Bio | Photos)Fred Couples (Stats | Bio | Photos)Luke Donald (Stats | Bio | Photos)Adam Scott (Stats | Bio | Photos)Tiger Woods (Stats | Bio | Photos)Phil Mickelson (Stats | Bio | Photos)Bo Van Pelt (Stats | Bio | Photos)Geoff Ogilvy (Stats | Bio | Photos)Charl Schwartzel (Stats | Bio | Photos)Rory McIlroy (Stats | Bio | Photos)Ross Fisher (Stats | Bio | Photos)Jason Day (Stats | Bio | Photos)Hideki Matsuyama (Stats | Bio | Photos)