WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational R3

McIlroy makes his move in Memphis

July 25-28
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
$10,250,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Rory McIlroy birdied four of his last five holes in a stunning round of 62 to open up a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational R3 - McIlroy makes his move in Memphis
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“I had a goal in my head, I wanted to get to double digits under par by the end of the day, and obviously I did a little bit better than that. Made a nice run at the end there and obviously in a good position heading into tomorrow.

“I think you learn way more from your failures than you do from your successes. Any time I have an undesirable week, I really look at it and I try to examine what went wrong here and what can I do to put it right the next week.

“The great thing about golf, it provides you opportunities all the time. You miss a cut, you can get straight back on the horse the next week and try again. Not a lot of sports have that luxury. I think we’re very fortunate that we can try to respond to our setbacks pretty quickly.”


The Northern Irishman entered the day at TPC Southwind five shots off the lead but carded his lowest ever round in a World Golf Championships event and his lowest of the season on the European Tour to get to 12 under par and lead the way from World Number One Brooks Koepka.

“It is exciting. Brooks is the number one player in the world, four majors in the last three years. He’s the man right now. I got to play with him the first couple days and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed seeing what he can do.”

The two four-time Major champions will now go out in the final group on Sunday in what promises to be a scintillating final day as the tournament makes its first appearance in Tennessee.

McIlroy won this event in 2014 when it was played at Firestone Country Club and will be looking for a third World Golf Championships win, while Koepka will be seeking his first, as will overnight leader Matt Fitzpatrick of England. The Englishman carded a round of 69 to sit in third place at ten under par, a shot clear of Swede Alex Noren, Spaniard Jon Rahm and Australia’s Marc Leishman.


“I’s a great position to be in,” said Fitzpatrick. “I probably would have taken this before I teed off, a couple behind, knowing that I need to shoot a low one tomorrow and still in with a shout of winning it. Obviously the two guys ahead of me are great players and the players around me are great players as well. But just to have that little bit extra cushion to be chasing by only two is much easier than four or five.

“I felt one under was probably fair for how I actually played the whole day barring a couple bad swings. It was a good day. I’m still in with a shout.”

American Billy Horschel, Dane Thorbjørn Olesen, and Ian Poulter of England are then at eight under par, while his countryman Tommy Fleetwood is in a tie for tenth place alongside American trio Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson at seven under par.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Rory McIlroy
-12
69
67
62
198
2
Brooks Koepka
-11
68
67
64
199
3
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-10
67
64
69
200
T4
Marc Leishman
-9
69
69
63
201
T4
Alex Noren
-9
66
69
66
201
T4
Jon Rahm
-9
62
71
68
201
T7
Thorbjørn Olesen
-8
66
71
65
202
T7
Ian Poulter
-8
66
69
67
202
T7
Billy Horschel
-8
67
66
69
202
T10
Tommy Fleetwood
-7
68
70
65
203
T10
Justin Thomas
-7
68
69
66
203
T10
Bubba Watson
-7
65
70
68
203
T10
Webb Simpson
-7
69
66
68
203
14
Matt Wallace
-6
70
69
65
204
T15
Haotong Li
-5
69
69
67
205
T15
Justin Rose
-5
67
68
70
205
T15
Shugo Imahira
-5
65
69
71
205
T18
Justin Harding
-4
72
70
64
206
T18
Jordan Spieth
-4
70
70
66
206
T18
Patrick Reed
-4
73
66
67
206
T18
Chez Reavie
-4
68
70
68
206
T18
Tyrrell Hatton
-4
66
71
69
206
T18
Kevin Na
-4
70
66
70
206
T18
Cameron Smith
-4
65
68
73
206
T18
Patrick Cantlay
-4
65
68
73
206
T26
Matthew Wolff
-3
72
70
65
207
T26
Aaron Rai
-3
72
69
66
207
T26
Dustin Johnson
-3
69
69
69
207
T26
Nate Lashley
-3
66
70
71
207
T30
Louis Oosthuizen
-2
73
69
66
208
T30
Adam Long
-2
71
70
67
208
T30
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-2
70
71
67
208
T30
Xander Schauffele
-2
69
70
69
208
T30
Corey Conners
-2
67
71
70
208
T30
Hideki Matsuyama
-2
65
71
72
208
T30
Henrik Stenson
-2
69
67
72
208
T37
Tony Finau
-1
70
71
68
209
T37
Jason Day
-1
72
69
68
209
T37
Jim Furyk
-1
74
65
70
209
T37
Andrew Putnam
-1
66
71
72
209
T41
Eddie Pepperell
E
70
74
66
210
T41
Kevin Kisner
E
77
67
66
210
T41
Paul Casey
E
70
71
69
210
T41
Sergio Garcia
E
69
71
70
210
T45
Brandt Snedeker
1
69
73
69
211
T45
Danny Willett
1
69
72
70
211
T45
Matt Kuchar
1
70
70
71
211
T48
C.T. Pan
2
72
70
70
212
T48
Adam Scott
2
70
68
74
212
50
Bryson DeChambeau
3
67
74
72
213
T51
Gary Woodland
4
73
71
70
214
T51
Keith Mitchell
4
73
70
71
214
T51
Phil Mickelson
4
68
73
73
214
T54
J.B. Holmes
5
76
71
68
215
T54
Lucas Bjerregaard
5
69
74
72
215
T56
Poom Saksansin
6
68
73
75
216
T56
Kodai Ichihara
6
71
70
75
216
T58
Keegan Bradley
7
74
78
65
217
T58
Philip Eriksson
7
73
72
72
217
T58
Sung Kang
7
69
75
73
217
61
Mikumu Horikawa
8
75
77
66
218
62
Max Homa
14
74
73
77
224
63
Kevin Tway
17
76
77
74
227