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Saturday's Birdies and Bogeys

Who were the winners and losers on Day 3 at Hoylake? It's time to take a closer look with another edition of birdies and bogeys

July 19, 2014
Rory McIlroy

Birdie: Rory McIlroy

If you were looking for the inevitable hiccup, it came . . . and then it went. With a four-shot lead to start Saturday, McIlroy bogeyed the first and needed a few clutch putts to avoid several more on the front nine. At one point he even lost the outright lead when he bogeyed the 12th. Then McIlroy, who has owned the back nine this week, dropped a couple more back-nine hammers with two eagles in his final three holes. If it provided him a mathematical cushion heading into the final round -- six shots over Rickie Fowler after a 68 -- it also reassured the two-time major champion that he can get sideways for a spell and still regain his rhythm. As he marches toward the third leg of the career Grand Slam, that's a welcome swing thought. -- Sam Weinman
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