Rory McIlroy faded down the stretch Saturday at the European Masters with three bogeys in his final five holes, dropping into a tie for fifth place.
McIlroy, going for back-to-back victories after winning the PGA’s season-ending Tour Championship, started the day one back of the lead in Crans Montana, Switzerland. He bogeyed the first hole Saturday but reeled off four birdies before coming to No. 14 at the start of back-to-back par-5s.
After putting his drive in the fairway to set up the possibility of making an eagle, the Northern Irishman hit his approach into the water and ended up with a bogey.
Although he birdied the 15th, he dropped strokes on each of the final two holes to finish with a 1-under-par 69 for a three-round total of 11-under 199. He is three strokes behind leader Andres Romero of Argentina, who followed Friday’s 61 with a 4-under 66.
McIlroy played the final five holes in 2 over after going 5 under on that same stretch Friday.
Australia’s Wade Ormsby (67 on Saturday) is one stroke back in second. American Gavin Green (69) and England’s Tommy Fleetwood (68) are tied for third at 12 under.
Green leads in Oregon
Hannah Green recorded an eagle and seven birdies in a bogey-free round Friday, and she raced out to a five-shot lead at the midpoint of the Cambia Portland Classic in Oregon.
The 22-year-old Australian shot a 9-under-par 63 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, leaving her at 17-under 127 and well clear of South Koreans Sung Hyun Park and Sei Young Kim, who are at 12 under.
Park carded a 65 on Friday while Kim recorded a 61 -- the first 61 on a par-72 LPGA course since Anna Nordqvist in the third round of the 2017 Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
For the second day in a row, Green registered the best round of her LPGA career -- notable for a player who earned her first overall win and her first major title in June at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
“This is quite new to me, shooting such low scores back-to-back,” Green said. “I want to make sure I continue to do the same things and don’t get too disappointed if I don’t back it up with another solid round.
“Going to keep the same game plan. Doing everything much like I have. Obviously, I’ve had some success with that, so just want to make sure that, yeah, I just post another low number tomorrow.”
Kim, 26, notched 11 birdies and seven pars while shooting her second career 61. She also produced that score last year at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
“I want to shoot (the) lowest, because yesterday I wasn’t (playing well). So I wanted to bounce back today,” said Kim, who carded a 71 in the opening round. “I tried to keep going, focus whatever happened. I just keep focused on what I have to do. I’m very happy, 11 under. It’s my lowest score ever in my golf life. So I’m very honored.”
South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace (6 under in the second round), South Korea’s Youngin Chun (6 under) and the United States’ Angel Yin (5 under) and Yealimi Noh (4 under) are tied for fourth at 11 under.
Germany’s Isi Gabsa (8 under), China’s Muni He (8 under), South Korea’s Jeongeun Lee6 (4 under) and Ming Jun Hur (2 under) and the United States’ Brittany Altomare (7 under) and Marissa Steen (4 under) share eighth place at 10 under.
Defending champion Marina Alex of the United States (7 under) is tied for 15th at 9 under.
--Field Level Media