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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Rory vs Brooks epic for final round of $10m WGC


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Fresh off his British Open heartache in front of home fans in Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy has welcomed a showdown with world No.1 Brooks Koepka in the final round of the World Golf Championships event in Tennessee.

McIlroy brushed off a missed cut at last week's Open at Royal Portrush by storming into the 54-hole lead at the $US10.25 million ($A14.83m) WGC Invitational in Memphis' TPC Southwind.

The cream rose to the top on Saturday as four-time major winner McIlroy posted an eight-under-par 62, including three closing birdies.

At 12-under, McIlroy will take a one-shot lead into the final round over world No.1 Brooks Koepka (64) with the two heavy hitters comprising the final group.

"It is exciting," McIlroy said of the clash with fellow four-time major winner Koepka.

"He is the No.1 player in the world, he's won four majors in the last three years and he's the man right now."

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick (69) is a shot further back of Koepka at 10 under, while Australia's Marc Leishman (63) is in a share of fourth at nine under.

With the Open returning to Northern Ireland last week, for the first time since 1951, hopes were high McIlroy would claim his second Open victory.

But McIlroy quadruple-bogeyed the opening hole and triple-bogeyed the 18th to post a first round 79.

The 30-year-old ignited the galleries with a stirring second round 65 but he ultimately missed the 36-hole cut by one shot.

McIlroy cried during post-round interviews at Portrush, where he owned his missed cut and offered an apology to the fans who hoped to see him on the weekend.

On Saturday in Memphis, McIlroy said a third WGC victory would help him forget his Open disappointment.

"We're very fortunate in golf that there's always next week; you can respond so quickly from setbacks and failures," he said.

Watch the finale of the WGC Invitational in Memphis LIVE on GOLFTV!

Fresh off his British Open heartache in front of home fans in Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy has welcomed a showdown with world No.1 Brooks Koepka in the final round of the World Golf Championships event in Tennessee.

McIlroy brushed off a missed cut at last week's Open at Royal Portrush by storming into the 54-hole lead at the $US10.25 million ($A14.83m) WGC Invitational in Memphis' TPC Southwind.

The cream rose to the top on Saturday as four-time major winner McIlroy posted an eight-under-par 62, including three closing birdies.

At 12-under, McIlroy will take a one-shot lead into the final round over world No.1 Brooks Koepka (64) with the two heavy hitters comprising the final group.

"It is exciting," McIlroy said of the clash with fellow four-time major winner Koepka.

"He is the No.1 player in the world, he's won four majors in the last three years and he's the man right now."

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick (69) is a shot further back of Koepka at 10 under, while Australia's Marc Leishman (63) is in a share of fourth at nine under.

With the Open returning to Northern Ireland last week, for the first time since 1951, hopes were high McIlroy would claim his second Open victory.

But McIlroy quadruple-bogeyed the opening hole and triple-bogeyed the 18th to post a first round 79.

The 30-year-old ignited the galleries with a stirring second round 65 but he ultimately missed the 36-hole cut by one shot.

McIlroy cried during post-round interviews at Portrush, where he owned his missed cut and offered an apology to the fans who hoped to see him on the weekend.

On Saturday in Memphis, McIlroy said a third WGC victory would help him forget his Open disappointment.

"We're very fortunate in golf that there's always next week; you can respond so quickly from setbacks and failures," he said.

Watch the finale of the WGC Invitational in Memphis LIVE on GOLFTV!

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