Rory McIlroy says that he has half a chance going into the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte after a third round 66.
The Northern Irishman had looked out of contention after a second round 76 but his five-under round on Saturday means he is three under for the tournament, seven shots behind the current leader Jason Day.
A bogey on the final hole frustrated McIlroy who shot seven birdies in the round but it was an improved performance that keeps him in contention as well as helping him to find form for next week's Players Championship in Florida.
He said, after his third round: "I just played a bit better, putting the ball in play, putted better as well.
I just played a bit better, putting the ball in play, putted better as well.Rory McIlroy
"I still don't feel all that comfortable with my game, to be honest. Sort of working on a few things. But yeah, it was a good round and it gives me half a chance going into tomorrow.
"If I can do a little bit of practice this afternoon, yeah, hold it together tomorrow and then try and make some improvements before next week.
"You go through situations like this in golf where you have bad days like Friday, you have better days like today, and it's all about managing your game."
Paul Casey is the only other British golfer towards the top of the leaderboard. His round three 69 puts him equal third for the tournament, three shots behind Day.
Graeme McDowell is in joint 25th place while Tiger Woods hit a third round 68 to put him joint 32nd.
Day is 20/1 to win the Wells Fargo with McIlroy priced at 15/2.
McIlroy is 7/5 to be the leading British golfer at the tournament.
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