Fisher and Pieters lead McIlroy by one

Oscar Murphy

"I played well in Hawaii, but that was two weeks ago".

McIlroy is quite right to point to the long game, of setting standards on this comeback he hopes will resonate for the remainder of his career.

"All I thought of was just give myself chances on the green and I felt like I could hole them".

"That proves I'm back to full fitness and 100 percent healthy", he said. "It seems like I've got good memories of every hole so it's about drawing from those past experiences". "I made a couple of up and downs but I could have done with hitting it a little closer".

"But, apart from that, it was good and it was certainly nice to make an eagle at the last".

"At the end of the day, the game is all about scoring, and obviously I've scored ridiculously well today".

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Last year, after his runner-up finish in Abu Dhabi, he had won three tournaments in February and March before a freak accident on the eve of the Masters ruled him out of the first major of the season.

Fitzpatrick is the eighth player to shoot 64 or less in the history of the tournament and was so happy he admitted he was contemplating taking his putter to bed with him last night. "When I was back at the Open Championship at Birkdale, just the reception there, playing in front of a home crowd, I knew this is something I just miss".

And the strategy for Sunday?

Dougherty: You said there that the weather is meant to change a bit tomorrow, we've had flawless weather up until this point, the wind is going to blow, is that something you would relish? "I think it will be tough to beat".

He will begin the final round one from the lead - held by Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher - after backing up the promise of a 69 and 66 with a 65.

Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood and fellow Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick were in a tie for fourth place on 15 under.

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Pieters said patience is key, after failing to grasp a few chances for birdie on the back nine.

'I lost a play-off to Graeme Storm in South Africa previous year, so now I have a chance to go one better.

"I just didn't hole anything really", said Ramsay of his day. "I should have birdied 18, but I'm not going to complain".

Fisher, who has not won on the European Tour since 2014, caught Pieters when he converted a 20-footer on the 14th.

After firing five birdies and no bogeys in his first 17 holes, Pieters produced a good par save at the last to remain at the summit and Fisher joined the Belgian on 17 under after closing his 7-under-par 65 with a birdie at the 18th.

Fisher is excited to have a chance to add his name to the list of winners Sunday.

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