McIlroy rues cruel ricochet that leaves him five back at Augusta

What will it take for McIlroy to complete the career Grand Slam this year at Augusta National?

McIlroy's best score at Augusta National is the 65 his fired in the first round in 2011.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, hits to the seventh hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

McIlroy posted his first under-par round of the tournament with 71 in the third round of the Masters Tournament.

The four-time Major victor struggled on day three managing four birdies but also producing two bogeys and a seventh hole double bogey in a round of 71.

That was from 54 feet. I have to play the round of my life tomorrow.

The four-time major victor, who needs to win the Masters to complete the career grand slam, hit a superb pitch to three feet but missed the par putt to leave himself five shots off the lead.

Or the bad break off the tee at the par-4 seventh. McIlroy said he could've shot "67 or 68, but just a few too many wasted opportunities".

McIlroy indicated he didn't agree with some of things that Trump has said, and was more interested in seeing the scene that accompanies playing golf with a president than his opinion on issues. Unfortunately, he needed 33 putts, three more than in the second round.

"The wind got me with my putt, sort of the ball went up the green instead of coming back down", he said.

McIlroy's last birdie of the third round came on No. 12, and with two par 5s ahead of him, he was poised to get right in the thick of it. "There's times on this course where you take your medicine and try to just walk away with a par".

Rickie Fowler was a shot off the lead after covering the front nine in 36, with 2015 champion Jordan Spieth, Thomas Pieters and Jon Rahm a shot further back.

"If I just get in contention on Sunday afternoon, that's all I want".

With 53 players making the cut, he played with a marker - club member Jeff Knox - and was relieved to avoid the embarrassment of being outscored by the man who did exactly that when performing the same role for Rory McIlroy in 2014. "But that's the way it is".

  • Julie Sanders