• Korea Open

McIlroy out of contention after miserable third round

ESPN staff
October 19, 2013
McIlroy persistently found himself in difficult positions during the third round © Getty Images

After promising rounds of 71 and 69 to sit just two off the lead at the Korea Open, Rory McIlroy endured a miserable third day to fall 10 shots behind leader Kim Hyung-Tae.

McIlroy, world No. 1 at the start of the year, is yet to win this season - a record which looks set to continue after a 75 saw the Northern Irishman plummet down the leaderboard at Woo Jeong Hill Country Club in Seoul.

But having had a month away from competitive golf, the two-time major champion, now sixth in the rankings, reached the turn level par after a birdie and bogey, but a double-bogey at the par-4 10th and further bogeys at 11 and 15 means he will head into the final round in a tie for 13th place at 1-over par.

"Last time here [in 2011] I shot 64 in the last round so it would need something probably similar or a little better to have a chance,'' McIlroy said.

"A frustrating day because I was in contention after two days, and if you shoot a solid score today you're right in there. I've just got to go out there tomorrow and shoot the best score that I can.''

Kim, meanwhile, commands a four-shot lead after a flawless 66 saw him to 9-under, ahead of overnight leader Hong Soon-Sang on 5-under.

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