Rory McIlroy reigns at the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting a record round of 61 at Quail Hollow.
Rory produced a -11 under par 61 third round to sit on top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard at -18 under par, and writing a new chapter in the records books. He now has a four shot lead over second placed man, Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson.
Rory definitely likes this course, he won here in 2010, and was thinking of the magic 59, but still managed to break his own record on this course. In all, he carded nine birdies during a 10-hole stretch, and said he is rolling the ball and putting nicely;
“I feel like it’s one of these courses I can get on a roll with. I was thinking about 59 from the 14th tee box,”
“I got off to a great start, I’m obviously delighted with the score, it’s always great to break your own course record.”
“I feel like the best player in the world right now and I wanted to go out and prove that.”
“I’ve always loved this place, I have great memories here and it feels a little bit like a second home.”
“It’s a mental thing, you’re picturing good shots, you’re visualizing the lines on putts and you’re not getting in your own way. You’re just letting it happen.”
“I rolled the ball really well, which I haven’t been doing for the past couple of weeks, so to see a lot of putts drop like that was really nice.”
“More of the same on Sunday would be nice obviously, but I just want to keep it going. Even though I’ve got a lead there’s no reason why I shouldn’t go out there and be aggressive and try make as many birdies as I can.”
Webb Simpson is in second place , four strokes back at -14 under par after his third round -4 under par 68, and is under no illusions about how hard it will be tomorrow to try and chase down Rory;
“What an incredible round McIlroy played, I’ve got a tough opponent tomorrow.”
Robert Streb has third spot on his own at -11 under par, a -1 under par third round stifling any progress, and is now seven shots off the lead.
Phil Mickelson was in contention at -11 under par, that was before a triple bogey 7 at the 18th hole, this hole has now become his nemesis, he double bogeyed the 18th hole on Thursday. That triple dropped Phil to -1 under par 71 on the day and has left him 10 shots behind the high-flying Rory, on -8 under par.