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Rory McIlroy’s third-round 68 has him lurking through 54 holes of the Wells Fargo Championship

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By Christopher Powers

Rory McIlroy has won the Wells Fargo Championship twice, both times in dominant fashion. The first time was his first victory on the PGA Tour, a four-stroke win that featured a final-round 62 back in 2010. Five years and nine wins later, the Northern Irishman won the event by seven shots, a week highlighted by his third-round 61.

To win at Quail Hollow for a third time, McIlroy won’t need a 62 or 61, but he’ll need to come from behind like he did in 2010. Following a third-round, three-under 68, McIlroy is lurking at nine-under 204, putting him just two shots off the lead.

That lead belongs to three players, though if not for a final hole bogey it would be Max Homa’s solo lead. Homa, who went 30 holes without a bogey since he dropped one at the 17th hole on Thursday, bogeyed two of his final eight holes on Saturday to card a one-under 70, dropping him into a tie for first at 11-under 202. He’s joined by Joel Dahmen, who fired a 70 despite starting three over through five holes, and Jason Dufner, who posted an even-par 71. Homa and Dahmen are each in search of their first PGA Tour victories, while Dufner can claim his sixth title with a win on Sunday in Charlotte.

Alone in fourth is Pat Perez thanks to his third-round 66, which has him at 10 under for the tournament, one ahead of McIlroy. Justin Rose is in solo sixth at eight under, while Paul Casey and Seamus Power are tied for seventh at seven under.

 

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