Published Saturday, 19 October 2013
McIlroy was left dismayed after another woeful day on the course. (© Getty)
The Holywood golfer began the day two off the pace and tied fifth, but after a frustrating front nine in which he missed a number of chances he went backwards quickly after the turn.
He went out in level par at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course near Cheonan after his only birdie of the day - at the par-five fifth - was cancelled out by a bogey at the next.
A double-bogey six at the 10th were the first of four dropped shots in five hole as McIlroy, who has not won since changing his clubs at the start of the year, fell further behind as he finished the day one-over for the tournament.
"A frustrating day because I was in contention after two days and if you shoot a solid score today you're right in there," McIlroy said afterwards.
"I've just got to go out there tomorrow and shoot the best score that I can.
"I just think the story of the day is that I missed a lot of putts, missed a lot of chances for birdies at the start of the round and then missed a few short ones for pars in the middle and end of the round. That's really what it was.
"I guess more than anything else I wanted to shake the rust off this week and try and get into contention - and obviously try to win."
Although overnight leader Hong Soon-sang could manage only a level par 71, dropping him into second on five under, Kim Hyung-tae shot a 66, the joint-best round of the week, to take a four-shot cushion into the final day.
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