Rory McIlroy drops back at Bay Hill as America duo lead the way

Rory McIlroy hits a shot from the sand trap on the sixth hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament Saturday. After lead. After leading after day one following a seven-under round of 65, the Holywood man is now four shots off the lead heading into Sunday's final round
Picture: John Raoux/AP 


AMERICAN pair Billy Horschel and Talor Gooch will share a one-shot lead going into Sunday's final day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Horschel followed up his second-round 71 with another one-under-par total after four birdies and three bogeys at Bay Hill on Saturday.

Gooch hit four birdies and as many bogeys in a level-par 72, after scores of 69 and 68 in his first two rounds.

Norway's Viktor Hovland, who began the third round as outright leader after a six-under 66 on Friday, followed up with a three-over 75 and sits a shot off the pace.

Rory McIlroy, who led the field after the opening day with a seven-under round of 65, dropped two places and is tied in sixth after a four-over par 76.

The Holywood man double-bogeyed the 15th and dropped shots at five other holes, while he made birdies at the 12th, 13th and 16th as he ended the day four shots off the lead.

Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell is also tied for sixth after climbing 24 places on the leaderboard thanks to a three-under round of 69.

England's Matt Fitzpatrick moved into contention, five shots behind the leaders and tied for ninth, after shooting a two-under-par 70.

Tyrell Hatton dropped 10 places and is now in joint-12th place after following rounds of 69 and 68 with a six-over 78, which included seven bogeys and a solitary birdie at the fourth hole.

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