South African Open: Rory McIlroy three off Graeme Storm

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has been playing with new clubs and balls this week after Nike withdrew from the market

World number two Rory McIlroy remains three shots behind leader Graeme Storm after the third round of the South African Open in Johannesburg.

England’s Storm, going for his first European Tour title for 10 years, is 17 under par after a round of 67 and has now gone 41 holes without a bogey.

McIlroy, who has been playing with back pain, also carded a five-under 67 that included an eagle and five birdies.

“I felt it could have been a couple better,” said the Northern Irishman.

“I was in a bit of discomfort early on, but the physio patched me up and got me going.

“I drove the ball well for the most part today and gave myself plenty of chances and took quite a few of them, especially around the middle of the round.”

Jordan L Smith – the number one in last season’s Challenge Tour, the second tier of European golf – will complete the final group on Sunday. He is a shot behind McIlroy after a four-under 68, level with South African Jbe Kruger, who carded a 69.

Italian Edoardo Molinari equalled the course record of 63 to get to 12 under par, alongside South Africa’s Dean Burmester and Jaco van Zyl, French pair Joel Stalter and Romain Langasque, and American Peter Uihlein.

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