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Published: 08:47 | 5/9/16

Casey three clear as McIlroy charges


Paul Casey holds a three-shot lead going into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Casey carded a third consecutive round of 66 at TPC Boston to move to 15-under-par for the tournament, three clear of Brian Harman.

After parring the first two holes, Casey dropped his only shot of the day at the par three third, but he recovered with three successive birdies from the fifth to reach the turn in 34.

He had to wait until the 16th for his fourth birdie to arrive but he ended the day with a superb eagle on the 18th to leave him well played to pick up his first win on the PGA Tour since the 2009 Shell Houston Open.

Harman will join Casey in the final group on Monday after he carded a 68 to move within three of the leader.

The American birdied two of the last four holes to move into second, one clear of PGA Champion Jimmy Walker, Kevin Chappell and Smylie Kaufman.

Ryan Moore is five shots off the lead in sixth place, while Rory McIlroy is a stroke further back after a five-under 66.

The four-time major winner got off to a poor start when he bogeyed the first but he recovered the dropped shot immediately before reeling off four birdies in a row from the fifth. A double-bogey at the 12th halted his charge but he added another birdie on the 15th before he closed with an eagle on the 18th to sign for a 66.

"Obviously it's a nice way to finish, with an eagle. With the conditions as tricky as they are (on Sunday), hopefully I'll be in with a shout (on Monday)," McIlroy told pgatour.com.

"I don't feel as under pressure with my long game now to hit it within three feet the whole time. I feel I can give myself chances from 10, 15, 20 feet and have a good chance of holing them.

"It's amazing what one good round does - just that little bit of confidence from (Saturday) carried into (Sunday). I made four nice birdies in a row on the front nine, and some good putts on the back nine as well. It bodes well for the future."

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