Henley leads, McIlroy two behind at Deutsche Bank

Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:52pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

(Reuters) - American Russell Henley took the lead but Rory McIlroy loomed large, just two strokes behind after the third round at the $8 million Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Sunday.

Henley dominated the par-threes to card a six-under-par 65 and jump to the front at 12-under 201 on a day of low scoring in ideal conditions at the TPC Boston.

He edged one shot ahead of compatriot Billy Horschel (67), while world number one McIlroy made his presence felt with a sizzling 64 to join Australian Jason Day (69) and American Chris Kirk (64) in a tie for third at 10-under.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, seeking his fourth PGA Tour victory in five starts, almost holed out at the 15th and 16th holes, tapping in from inside a foot both times.

McIlroy, whose sizzling summer stretch has included major victories at the British Open and PGA Championship, was clearly back to his best after an average performance last week when he tied for 22nd in the opener of the PGA Tour's lucrative four-event FedExCup playoff series.

Powering his drives well over 300 yards and taking dead aim at pin after pin, McIlroy compiled seven birdies to match the best round of the day.

"I hit a lot of iron shots close, put myself in position to do that, more so than the first couple of days (when) I didn't hole anything," McIlroy told NBC television after lipping out with a 10-foot birdie putt at the last.

Henley was also on his game, particularly on the par-threes where he picked up three of his seven birdies.

The 25-year-old has recorded two PGA Tour victories, most recently at the Honda Classic in March when he beat McIlroy and two others in a playoff.   Continued...

Aug 31, 2014; Norton, MA, USA; Russell Henley hits his tee shot on the 3rd hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament at TPC of Boston.  Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports