Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson play well in third round of Scottish Open
Neither is likely to win but both played the tough Royal Aberdeen course at the Scottish Open under par on Saturday.
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.
"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:
Rory McIlroy: 3 times now he's opened tournament 64/better then 78/worse. All subsequent 3 third rounds? Shot -3.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) July 12, 2014
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.
"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.
And apparently, typical Rory.
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