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Published: 01:11 | 15/5/16

McIlroy slams 'borderline unfair' Sawgrass course

Ulsterman shoots 75 at third round of Players' Championship

Rory McIlroy questioned the speed of the greens at Sawgrass after a disappointing third round at The Players Championship on Saturday.

The world number three lies tied 15th, nine shots behind leader Jason Day, after a three-over par 75 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Despite finding 16 of 18 greens in regulation, McIlroy struggled with the slick greens with four three-putts and a double bogey at the 15th.

"I mean, it’s like a US Open out there. I can’t really describe it any other way," McIlroy said.

"I just found I had a really difficult time adjusting to them. I stood up here yesterday and I said it’s amazing how differently the course plays from morning to afternoon, but I didn’t expect it to be like that out there this afternoon. That was borderline unfair on a few holes."

The Ulsterman questioned the positioning of those pins cut close to slopes, despite an increase in green speeds from Friday’s second round.

"A few pin positions were on crowns, and you dribble a putt by, all of a sudden it’s six feet by," he said.

"There was a few pins out there that I felt were just a little too much on the edge."

World number one Day has a four-shot lead over Ken Duke of the United States, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Germany's Alex Cejka, who are tied for second place on 10 under.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell is level with McIlroy on five under after a third-round 69, while Ireland's Shane Lowry, who was in second place after the first two rounds, joined McIlroy and McDowell on five under after a third-round 78.

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