Pacific Palisades, Calif. — It may have been his first time playing at Riviera Country Club, but Rory McIlroy did not disappoint fans heading into the final round, carrying his nonchalant confidence through a course that many described as a “thinker’s [golf] course.”
After ending the third day of the Northern Trust Open just two strokes behind leader Bubba Watson, McIlroy will look to make his final push on Sunday. Watson heads into the final day leading at 12 strokes under par, with McIlRoy, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama all right there within striking distance.
“Quality courses produce a quality leaderboard, and you just have to look at the names up there,” said McIlroy, currently ranked No. 3 in the world. “Bubba, Dustin, myself, Adam, all very, very good players. It’s going to be a bit of a shoot-out tomorrow, and I’m happy that I stayed at 10-under and didn’t drop to nine. It’s one of these golf courses, if you just stay around, hang in there and not make too many mistakes, stay patient, your time will come and it will present itself with a few opportunities. And thankfully on the back nine, I was able to take some of them.”