McIlroy & Fleetwood trail Rahm by one ahead of final round of Players

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Rory McIlroy started his third round with two bogeys but recovered to shoot a two-under round of 70
Players Championship third-round leaderboard
-15 J Rahm (Spa); -14 T Fleetwood (Eng), R McIlroy (NI); -12 J Day (Aus); -11 A Ancer (Mex); -10 J Furyk (US), D Johnson (US), K Bradley (US), O Schniederjans (US), B Snedeker (US), Brian Harman (US)
Selected others: -9 P Reed (US); -8 J Rose (Eng), E Pepperell (Eng); -7 R Fowler (US); -6 I Poulter (Eng); -5 R Knox (Sco); -4 M Wallace (Eng); -3 T Woods (US), M Fitzpatrick (Eng)
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Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood trail leader Jon Rahm by one shot going into the final round of the Players Championship at Sawgrass.

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy and England’s Fleetwood both recovered from poor starts to their third rounds to shoot two-under-par 70s.

Spaniard Rahm had four birdies and an eagle on the back nine in his 64.

Jason Day (68) is 12 under, Abraham Ancer (70) 11 under and world number one Dustin Johnson (69) 10 under.

Johnson is joined on 10 under by fellow Americans Ollie Schniederjans (65), Brandt Snedeker (65), Keegan Bradley (68), Brian Harman (71) and Jim Furyk (71).

McIlroy is seeking his first tournament victory in more than a year, while Fleetwood is yet to win in the United States.

Fleetwood told Sky Sports: “I hit some dreadful shots early on and made an absolute hash of the first hole after a good tee shot. That was followed by poor shots on four and into six and seven.

“It was a real test of grit and mental strength. I got it round and did some really good stuff on the back nine. I’m really pleased with how it finished.”

McIlroy told NBC Sports: “To turn under par was a good effort after two early bogeys.

“Once I got back to level par I felt like I had settled into the ground. I didn’t drive well and I’m going to work on that now on the range.”

Rain and strong winds are forecast for Sunday’s final round in Florida.

More to follow.

Players Championship: Rory McIlroy & Tommy Fleetwood one behind Jon Rahm

Players Championship third-round leaderboard -15 J Rahm (Spa); -14 T Fleetwood (Eng), R McIlroy (NI); -12 J Day (Aus); -11 A Ancer (Mex); -10 J Furyk (US), D Johnson (US), K Bradley (US), O Schniederjans (US), B Snedeker (US), Brian Harman (US) Selected others: -9 P Reed (US); -8 J

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