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McIlroy stays in touch with leader Reed in New Jersey while Lowry keeps steady

The Down native is in a tie for eighth place heading into the final round.

Rory McIlroy in action at the Northern Trust.
Rory McIlroy in action at the Northern Trust.
Image: Rich Graessle

RORY MCILROY IS four shots off the lead heading into the final round at the Northern Trust in New Jersey after carding a one-under 70.

The Down native is in a tie for eighth place along with South African Louis Oosthuizen on 10-under after a mixed third round which included five birdies and four bogeys.

But his performance was still enough to keep him in touch with American leader Patrick Reed, who sits one stroke ahead of Abraham Ancer.

Meanwhile, Shane Lowry is five shots behind McIlroy after a one-over 72 in the third round. The Open champion hit back-to-back birdies on the fifth and sixth holes but his display was hampered by three bogeys throughout the round.

Reed edged into a one-stroke lead at the Northern Trust as Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth struggled during the third round on Saturday.

Reed and Abraham Ancer battled it out for top spot in the final holes of the round at Liberty National Golf Club.

The two traded places until Reed took the outright lead, moving to 14 under at the opening FedEx Cup play-offs event.

The American used five birdies to help counter a bogey on the par-four 15th hole and carded a four-under 67 on Saturday. It was one stroke off the 66s he carded in both the first and second rounds, but it was enough to gain some ground on Ancer and the rest of the field.

Ancer also had a few hiccups with bogeys on both the front and back nines, including the par-four 16th hole, as he carded a 68.

Johnson and Spieth were the top two overnight, but they fell back after shooting three-over 74s.

World number two Johnson is at nine under in a tie for 10th after carding four bogeys on his last six holes to be just one shot ahead of Spieth.

Brandt Snedeker fired the best round of the day – an eight-under 63 – to move into a tie for third place at 12 under with Jon Rahm (69).

Danny Willett, Justin Rose and Harold Varner III are tied for fifth at 11 under.

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Additional reporting by Sinéad Farrell

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