* McIlroy shoots easy 67
* Oosthuizen has day low 65
* Schauffele, Fitzpatrick two at the back of (Provides quotes, main points)
Nov 2 (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy earned a one-stroke lead over Louis Oosthuizen because the cream rose to the highest within the 3rd spherical on the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Saturday.
McIlroy placed on a using health facility for lots of the day, his accuracy and prodigious duration off the tee an outstanding sight at Sheshan Global.
The Northern Irishman carded a bogey-free five-under-par 67 that can have been significantly higher had his putter been warmer, however his efficiency however was once sufficient to transport inside of putting distance of his fourth victory of the yr.
An actual wedge for a tap-in birdie on the par-five 18th allowed McIlroy to inch forward of Oosthuizen at 15-under 201.
“I believe if I will pass out the next day and play very similar to how I did lately, I must have a superb opportunity to win,” McIlroy stated.
“I almost definitely performed the most efficient lately that I’ve performed all week. I drove the ball neatly, hitting my irons beautiful excellent for essentially the most section. I believe like I didn’t fairly get as a lot out of the spherical as I can have however I’m no longer going to bitch.
“I’m within the lead going into the next day so I simply want to relaxation up and check out to get available in the market and play some other excellent, cast spherical.”
OOSTHUIZEN SHOOTS 65
South African Oosthuizen threw down the gauntlet with birdies on the first 5 holes en path to a 65, the day’s highest rating in ultimate stipulations.
Oosthuizen, a runaway winner of the 2010 British Open and a playoff loser on the 2015 Open and 2012 Masters, was once normally understated about his barnstorming efficiency.
“Sixty-five on Saturday is at all times great,” stated the easy-going 37-year previous who is solely as a lot at house using his tractor on his South African farm as using a golfing ball at the hyperlinks.
“Performed pretty, made 9 birdies so I’m rolling the ball respectable at the vegetables.
“Successful an international tournament could be a large success. I want to simply pass out and play some excellent golfing.”
However it was once no longer only a two-horse race, no longer with American protecting champion Xander Schauffele and English midway chief Matthew Fitzpatrick lurking two pictures from the lead.
Schauffele made his transfer with birdies on the ultimate 3 holes for a 68, whilst Fitzpatrick fired a 70.
House favorite Li Haotong gave his massive gallery masses to cheer about early with 5 birdies within the first six holes in a daring quest to problem for the primary Chinese language victory at a Global Golfing Championships tournament.
However the birthday party didn’t closing as he got here undone with an error-strewn stretch that integrated triple-bogey on the par-four 13th, the place he knifed a bunker shot over the fairway right into a danger.
He shot 74 and fell 9 pictures at the back of.
Reporting by means of Andrew Each in Tokyo; Enhancing by means of Jacqueline Wong