"I thought it was flawless", he said of his approach shot.
"But I holed some good ones".
McIlroy felt he still had a chance of claiming a first green jacket if he could match, or better, his lowest score in the Masters, a 65 in the first round having seemingly set him on course for victory in 2011. McIlroy says he would've loved to shoot something in the 60's to get himself closer to the leaders, but will have to make up for it tomorrow. "But I'm still within five of the lead going into the weekend with better conditions on the way". I had a great chance on 11 and 14, and from where I hit my drives on 13 and 15, I should be making birdie off the tee shots. He was three shots behind, a name on the white leaderboards that was getting everyone's attention. The only thing he couldn't do was leave it short.
"It's tough from there", McIlroy said.
Except the ball pitched and spun back down a slope that took him from a roughly 15-foot putt to entirely off the green almost 20 yards away. He missed that for a three-putt bogey.
"I know more than most what can happen on Sundays around here, good and bad", McIlroy said. "I was a little frustrated".
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Muller was restricted to a jogging session on grass, but the Italian said: "They'll certainly be available against Real Madrid". Then 'Gladbach captain Lars Stindl struck the victor in the 80th to lift the side to eighth, a point behind Cologne in sixth.
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The win on a hard court at Brisbane's Pat Rafter Arena reduced Australia's advantage to 2-1 ahead of Sunday's reverse singles. Peers was broken and the tie was kept alive going into Sunday.
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One storm, with top winds of 105 mph (170 kph) ran 5.4 miles (8.7 kilometers) through Alexandria, causing light damage. A gale warning is in effect off the North Carolina coast, with possible seas of up to 11 feet (3 meters).
There was better news for Brandt Snedeker as he shot 69 to move to two over par for the tournament.
McIlroy was level for the day at the turn as three birdies were negated by a bogey and a double-bogey six at the seventh, and just one gain on the way home meant he signed for a one-under 71.
Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion and runner-up in 2014 and 2016, shot a 4-under 68 in Saturday's third round, carding five birdies against one bogey. "There's times on this course where you take your medicine and try to just walk away with a par".
"Then there are times to attack, and I sort of got the balance right today, but I didn't take my opportunities when I could have".
McIlroy's last birdie of the third round came on No. 12, and with two par 5s ahead of him, he was poised to get right in the thick of it. "I've shot 66 in the last round and I've shot 80".
"He said he was nervous on the first tee and I'm like, in my head I'm like, I'm kind of nervous because I don't want to let my marker beat me", Day said. I was just in between clubs on both of those holes and hit the wrong one on both, I guess, and left myself in an awkward position.