Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson play well in third round of Scottish Open

Rory McIlroy was much better in the third round than he was in the second. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy was much better in the third round than he was in the second. (Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson combined to shoot to shoot 4 under on Saturday at the Scottish Open but it's probably not going to be enough for either of them to win this week.

Mickelson sits at 2 under for the week and McIlroy at 3 under while the leaders are double digits under par.

For Lefty, it's been much of the same as it's been all year -- he just hasn't scored well enough to contend.

Phil Mickelson probably won't repeat as Scottish Open champ. (Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson probably won't repeat as Scottish Open champ. (Getty Images)

"I feel like each day my game has gotten a little bit better and I've hit more and more good shots and fewer bad shots," Mickelson said. "And that's a good sign."

So far this week it hasn't been quite enough.

McIlroy has a whole other problem going on. He can't play the second round. His 64-78-68 output at Royal Aberdeen looks as wonky on paper as it has been in actuality.

"I have shot 64 and 68 on this course which are two really good scores," he said. "Yesterday was just one of those days when nothing went right and I could not get any momentum."

To say the least. This is the third time he's done this, too. Becoming not a small sample size anymore:

Still, McIlroy is nonplussed when it comes to using this tournament as a warm-up for the big-boy event at Royal Liverpool in a week.

"It would be good to shoot another good round tomorrow, but I have seen enough in my game to give me confidence going into the Open."

Mickelson, though, as Mickelson is wont to do, is still locked in on trying to repeat as the Scottish Open champion.

Rory McIlroy had plenty to smile about on Saturday at the Scottish Open. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy had plenty to smile about on Saturday at the Scottish Open. (Getty Images)

"I need a really low round tomorrow," Mickelson said. "It's got to be 8 or 9-under par but I think it's out there and I'll be off early enough to make some noise.

Typical Phil.

And apparently, typical Rory.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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