Monday 21 January 2019

McIlroy looks poised in Boston after he hits birdie blitz

Rory McIlroy (pictured) stormed up the leaderboard at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a flawless seven-under 64 yesterday.

The in-form world number one managed seven birdies in his penultimate round and was in a tie for the clubhouse second on 10 under overall, alongside American pair Chris Kirk, who matched McIlroy's round, and Russell Henley, just one shot behind leader Jason Day.

McIlroy will now fancy his chances heading into today's final round.

McIlroy has won three of his last four tournaments heading into Boston, having triumphed at the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship in recent weeks.

Scotland's Stephen Gallacher will have to rely on a wild card after coming up agonisingly short in his last-gasp bid to qualify automatically for the Ryder Cup. Gallacher needed to win the Italian Open or finish joint second with just one other player to dislodge Graeme McDowell from Paul McGinley's European team for Gleneagles.

The 39-year-old carded a flawless closing 65 at Circolo Golf to give himself every opportunity, but had to settle for third place, three shots behind South African winner Hennie Otto and just a stroke adrift of good friend David Howell, who denied him with a brilliant 63.

Gallacher will hope he has done enough to earn one of European captain Paul McGinley's three wild cards, which will be announced tomorrow. .

"It was a tall order but I am proud of myself the way I have played," Gallacher said. There are four or five guys that are worthy (of a wild card) so it's just what Paul sees."

Automatic qualifiers for Europe's Ryder Cup team: R McIlroy (N Ire), H Stenson (Swe),Victor Dubuisson (Fra), J Donaldson (Wales), S Garcia (Spa), J Rose (Eng), M Kaymer (Ger),T Bjorn (Den), G McDowell (N Ire).

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