Rory McIlroy disappointed after 'erratic' third round at Travelers
McIlroy eight strokes back on ten under; Watch the final round from 1.15pm on Sky Sports Golf
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 28/06/20 7:28am
Rory McIlroy admitted he was still adjusting back to tournament golf after slipping out of contention with an "erratic" round at the Travelers Championship.
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The world No 1 went into the weekend four strokes back from midway pacesetter Phil Mickelson, only to fall further down the leaderboard with a one-under 69 at TPC River Highlands on Saturday.
McIlroy mixed five birdies with four bogeys during an up-and-down day in Connecticut, with two dropped shots over the closing four holes seeing him head into the final round tied-18th and eight behind leader Brendon Todd.
"Every time I took a step forward I took a step back a couple of holes later." McIlroy said after his round. "I sort of stood still compared to everyone else that was going low out there. Disappointing day.
"It's a little erratic. The good stuff is in there, but obviously there's a bit of bad, too. Sort of just putting it down to having those few months off and not really sort of finding my rhythm yet.
"Hopefully I can post a low one tomorrow and have a week off before going up to Columbus for a couple of weeks.
"I guess if I'd got to 12-under after 14, if I had have been able to sneak a couple more over the last few holes, get to 14 and then all of a sudden you feel like you're right in it. I went the other way those last few holes and that's what took me out of it."
Todd opened up a two-shot advantage after a career-low 61, while Dustin Johnson is his closest challenge after matching his 61 and also registering his lowest-ever round on the PGA Tour.
"I mean, it always could have been better," Johnson said. "I hit a lot of nice putts that hit the hole from that eight-to ten-foot range, probably had four, five or six of them that I probably should have made.
"I made some nice putts, too. I'm very happy with the way I played. I gave myself a lot of looks. Every hole, like I said, I felt like I was giving myself an opportunity to make birdie. I feel like I'm rolling the putter well, so I just need to get myself in a position where I've got a chance to make a putt."
Watch the final round of the Travelers Championship live on Sunday from 1.15pm on Sky Sports Golf and 7pm on Sky Sports Main Event.