Rory McIlroy has played better in Rounds 2 and 3 in the 2017 British Open. Where does he stack up in the leaderboard heading into Championship Sunday?
After shooting one over par on Thursday at the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale, popular Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy has quietly played some excellent golf these last two days. While he is a good bit back of leader Jordan Spieth, how has McIlroy done at The Open Championship thus far?
On Friday, McIlroy shot a 68 (-2) to improve to -1 on the tournament. That put him five strokes back of Spieth of the tournament lead through 36 holes. While McIlroy shot under par for a second straight day, he only managed a 69 (-1) to improve to only -2 on the tournament.
In many years, that would haven’t McIlroy all that far away from the top of the leaderboard. However, Spieth is having a monstrous tournament at Royal Birkdale and maybe on Matt Kuchar at -8 can catch him. McIlroy finds himself in a four-way tie for 11th place with Ross Fisher, Richie Ramsay and Ian Poulter at -2 through 54 holes.
Here is what the leaderboard looks like through the first three rounds of golf in the 2017 British Open.
2017 Open Championship leaders after Round 3
- 1. Jordan Spieth (-11)
- 2. Matt Kuchar(-8)
- T3. Austin Connelly (-5)
- T3. Brooks Koepka (-5)
- T5. Branden Grace (-4)
- T5. Hideki Matsuyama (-4)
- T7. Dustin Johnson (-3)
- T7. Henrik Stenson (-3)
- T7. Chan Kim (-3)
- T7. Rafael Cabrera-Bello (-3)
- T11. Ross Fisher (-2)
- T11. Rory McIlroy (-2)
- T11. Richie Ramsay (-2)
- T11. Ian Poulter (-2)
McIlroy has had his struggles on the golf course these last few years. While entering Championship Sunday at -2 and nine strokes back of rival Spieth, this is a tournament McIlroy can hang his hat on going forward. Maybe he’ll have enough going his way to win the PGA Championship coming up in August?