US Open 2024: Rory McIlroy says he has a ‘great chance’ of chasing Bryson DeChambeau on final day at Pinehurst | golf news

Rory McIlroy says he has “a great chance” of reaching the final round of the US Open at Pinehurst, despite being three shots behind leader Bryson DeChambeau.

McIlroy remains without a major victory since notching a fourth with his victory at the 2014 PGA Championship, and the world No. 3 has posted 20 top-10 finishes at major championships since then.

Five of them have come in the last five years at the US Open, including when he placed second to Wyndham Clark last year.

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“I love the test that Pinehurst is presenting,” McIlroy told reporters after his one-under 69 on Saturday to move up to four under par for the week.

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Highlights from the third round of the US Open at Pinehurst No 2.

“You have to focus on every shot. That’s what a US Open should be like and obviously it’s great to be in the mix.

“As I said at the beginning of the week, it’s a style of golf that I’ve started trying to adopt in recent years, and it’s the reason why my performances at the US Open have improved so much over the last half-decade.”

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Rory McIlroy reflects on a solid one-under 69 in the third round of the US Open at Pinehurst No 2.

He added: “I feel like two shots, three shots, four shots, I have a great opportunity going into tomorrow.

“The last holes are being very, very difficult.”

DeChambeau hopes to give fans ‘something special’

It’s a three-shot lead DeChambeau maintains over McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay and Matthieu Pavon heading into the final round after an impressive three-under 67 from the 2020 US Open champion on Saturday.

DeChambeau’s victory at Winged Foot four years ago came without crowds due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this week he is proving to be a crowd favorite.

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Bryson DeChambeau leads the US Open by three shots after shooting a three-under 67 in the third round at Pinehurst No. 2.

“The public support has been fantastic,” he said. sky sports. “It’s amazing. I can’t thank them enough, and I will continue to feed off of them.

“Today I gave everything I had.

“Tomorrow is all about fairways and greens and we’ll see if I can give them something special.”

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Bryson DeChambeau has fun with the crowd at the US Open and jokingly asks them not to boo him after deciding not to use his driver

DeChambeau added, speaking to reporters: “It’s the same quote I’ve been saying all week: trying to play boring golf.

“The middle of the green never moves, so I’m going to try to hit a lot of greens, look good on some holes and make a lot of two-putts.”

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Bryson DeChambeau receives physical therapy treatment in the woods as he battles for the lead on day three of the US Open.

The 30-year-old also played down any fears of possible injury after calling the physiotherapist at the turn and even being seen receiving treatment in the woods after playing the 10th hole.

“It was harder to get it on a couple of shots, but that’s okay,” DeChambeau said of the topic.

“I’ve had it for a long time. It’s just something that came up.”

Analysis: Can McIlroy ‘make some noise’ and cause problems for DeChambeau?

Wayne ‘Radar’ Riley from Sky Sports: “Bryson has no weaknesses. The way he played today, this guy is a machine!”

“From the tee he just destroys the ball, his iron play is fantastic, he chips well and he’s a great putter. He’s a blockbuster!”

“Three shots ahead, the way he’s playing, I don’t see him losing…unless something spectacular happens and someone comes on the field.

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Bryson DeChambeau leads the US Open by three shots after shooting a three-under 67 in the third round at Pinehurst No. 2.

“It’s going to be difficult for McIlroy.

“But you have to look at the positives… tomorrow he will start in the second to last group and will have the opportunity to lead the orchestra, make some birdies and make some noise.

“Maybe Bryson will start listening to him. That’s what Rory will be thinking about tomorrow.”

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