McIlroy slips one back
Davis Love III shoots third straight 68 to share the lead
Last Updated: June 10, 2012 8:37am
Rory McIlroy: hit just six fairways all day
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy dropped down the leaderboard on the third day of the St Jude Classic in Memphis after a two over par 72.
The world number two started the third day with a one-shot lead but is now in a six-way share for fourth, although he is only one shot off the lead.
That is shared by three players - Americans John Merrick and Davis Love III and Australian Nick O'Hern.
American Ryder Cup captain Love III shot a third successive 68 and is already hinting that he could play in the match in September.
Third round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-6 N O'Hern (Aus)
-6 D Love III
-6 J Merrick
Click here for collated scores
McIlroy definitely will, but he will want to perform better than this.
He hit just six of 14 fairways and carded six bogeys over his first 15 holes.
He should have had a fourth birdie of the day at the par five 16th after hitting a superb drive and finding the green in two, but a three-putt par kept him at four under for the tournament.
But the day finished on a high as he rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on 18 to give him plenty of momentum heading into Sunday.
"It was a very testing day with the conditions," he said. "I definitely didn't feel as comfortable with my game as I did yesterday.
"So, you know, it was a good experience for me just to try and do what I've been working on in my swing and under real competitive pressure.
"For the most part, I held up pretty well. Few missed shots out there. I'm only one off the lead and still in a good position."
O'Hern had the round of the day in the tricky windy conditions, his 67 featuring a run of three straight birdies from the 14th.
There are 19 players in all within three shots of the lead, including American JB Holmes who was tied for the lead on the 18th tee but took a six after missing the green and three-putting.