Defending South Carolina champ Rory McIlroy ahead as he chases top ranking

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The Northern Irishman can return to the top of the rankings for the first time since July 2020.
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October 23, 2022
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Rory McIlroy was just one round away from becoming world number one for the ninth time as the defending champion sat atop the CJ Cup leaderboard.

The 33-year-old was ahead by one stroke at the Congaree Golf Club in South Carolina after eagling twice, and carding trios of birdies and bogeys, en route to a second straight 67.

The Northern Irishman ended the third round at 13 under, with 2021 US Open champion Jon Rahm of Spain, American Kurt Kitayama and South Korea’s KH Lee all trailing a shot behind.

McIlroy can return to the top of the rankings for the first time since July 2020 by winning his 23rd PGA Tour event at the tournament which has been moved from Las Vegas.

“Ultimately, I just want to win this golf tournament. If I win the golf tournament, then everything will take care of itself,” McIlroy said after finishing play.

“So for me, tomorrow I need to go out there, set myself a score that I want to shoot, try to do that.

“Focusing on that, hope that that ends up with a couple of things, a trophy and getting back to the top of the world rankings.

Tommy Fleetwood of England shot a second straight 66 to be eight under, with his compatriot Tyrrell Hatton and Irishman Shane Lowry another stroke behind followed by reigning US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick at six under.

Sheffield’s Danny Willett and Munster man Seamus Power rounded out the British and Irish contingent at three under.

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T47Justin ThomasPar687372213
T47Luke ListPar736971213
T47Scott StallingsPar726972213
T47Sanghyun ParkPar697272213
T47Taylor MontgomeryPar697173213
T47Rickie FowlerPar746673213
T47Sebastián MuñozPar687273213
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T58Trey Mullinax+1657277214
T61Ryan Palmer+2767168215
T61Lucas Glover+2697373215
T63Jordan Spieth+3756972216
T63Christiaan Bezuidenhout+3707175216
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T65John Huh+4707572217
T65Yongjun Bae+4717472217
T65S.H. Kim+4737173217
T65Webb Simpson+4717274217
T65Gary Woodland+4657379217
71Davis Riley+6727572219
72Chez Reavie+7756976220
73Chanmin Jung+8747473221
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T74Kevin Kisner+9737475222
76Yoseop Seo+12767277225
77Yeongsu Kim+13747676226
78Sanghun Shin+15787377228
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The CJ Cup in South Carolina 2022

Date: October 20th - 23rd 2022

Location: Congaree Golf Club, Ridgeland, South Carolina

Purse: $10,500,000

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