Published Sunday, 24 August 2014
Rory McIlroy goes into Sunday’s final round on five under (© Getty)
With McIlroy at five under is Portrush golfer Graeme McDowell who has had a steady if unspectacular total.
Jason Day and Jim Furyk are tied for the lead while Australian Day followed up his stunning Friday score of 64 with a three-under-par 68.
Furyk's blemish-free 69, meant the pair reached the clubhouse on nine under for the tournament.
Following his Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship victories, McIlroy had fixed a poor opening round with a sparkling 65 on Friday but he mixed three birdies with two bogeys on Saturday.
McIlroy and McDowqell have illustrious company including overnight leader and defending champion Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and McDowell in a share of 23rd place heading into the deciding round at the Ridgewood Country Club.
Much closer to Day and Furyk is American Hunter Mahan on eight under, while Morgan Hoffman shot 66 to climb from the middle of the leaderboard to share fifth place with the likes of Matt Kuchar and Kevin Na.
Last to finish, Cameron Tringale had looked set to end the day on eight under but bogeyed the 18th to sign for a one-over 72.
Day, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, could have struck out on his own on Saturday had he not dropped two shots on the par-five 13th hole.
Also keeping eyes on the prize are Englishmen Justin Rose and Paul Casey, four shots off the pace on five under.
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