Northern Ireland’s US Open champion, Rory McIlroy fired a third round 65 today to open up a three-stroke lead over American Anthony Kim at the Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters.
McIlroy, who shocked the golf world by changing management stables just over a week ago, stands 18 under par. He did not drop a stroke all day and turned in 32 with birdies at the first, third, seventh and ninth the hole he double-bogeyed in his second round 69.
Kim, matched McIlroy’s round, but made his final day task all the tougher by finishing with a bogey.
South Korean Noh Seung-yul is in third place, but a 67 left him four back and there is then a further three-stroke gap to England’s Ian Poulter, also round in 67.
Lee Westwood, ranked world no. 2, managed only a 70 and alongside Australian Geoff Ogilvy in sixth place.
In the third round Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie are all with 73s. After the third round Harrington dropped to eighth, Montgomerie to 12th and Casey to 17th places respectively.