Masters: Augusta member Jeff Knox beat Rory McIlroy in Saturday's first two-ball

Last Updated: 12/04/14 9:57pm

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Rory McIlroy gets some much needed advice from local boy Knox

Rory McIlroy gets some much needed advice from local boy Knox

Rory McIlroy gave an early insight into conditions in the third round of the Masters after carding a 71 to lie three over par for the championship.

The Northern Irishman was sent out with marker Jeff Knox in the opening two-ball and the Augusta member out-scored the two-time major winner with a two-under-par 70.

McIlroy picked up three birdies over the last four holes but was unable to shoot the low score he was looking for to put him back in contention after Friday's 77.

He drove into Rae's Creek at the 13th during a frustrating round but admitted conditions were not getting any easier.

"They've been a little more generous with the pins on some of the holes, although there are a couple of tough ones on the par 5s at the eighth and 13th," he told Sky Sports.

"The course is drying out, it's firm and fast and it's going to be hard to hold some of these greens. It's going to be a tough test - pins are generous on the 11th and 12th but the 13th is a tough two-putt.

"I think it's going to be a case of whether Bubba (Watson) comes back to the field. If the guys under par can stay patient a 68 or a 69 would be a really good score out there."

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