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Tournament of Champions: Rory McIlroy three off Hawaii lead

Sky Sports | Updated: 2019-01-06 14:40:21

Gary Woodland takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

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Woodland carded a five-under 68 on the Plantation Course in Kapalua to retain his overnight advantage, as Rory McIlroy matched the American's score to move into outright second.

Marc Leishman lies a further stroke back ahead of Bryson DeChambeau and Xander Schauffele, while defending champion Dustin Johnson sits eight shots back after a four-under 73.

"Another good round of golf," McIlroy said. "I drove it well again, iron play was pretty good for the most part, finished out well, holed good putts when I needed to to save par and some good birdies."

McIlroy - making his debut at the event which consists only of PGA Tour winners from the previous calendar year - posted three consecutive birdies from the fourth and added a two-putt gain at the ninth to reach the turn in 32.

The Northern Irishman holed an eight-foot birdie at the 14th to briefly move into a share of the lead and closed out his bogey-free round with four straight pars.

Woodland carded three birdies on his front nine but missed from five feet to save par at the 12th, before draining a 60-foot eagle at the 15th and picking up a shot at the last to restore his overnight advantage.

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