KAPALUA, Hawaii – Rory McIlroy mentioned he had the proper warmup for the Sentry Match of Champions again house in Jupiter, Fla., final month.

“It has been very windy in Jupiter the previous few weeks and I have been working towards loads within the wind,” mentioned McIlroy, who has had no drawback with wind that’s gusted, at instances, as much as 35 mph this week.

McIlroy moved into second place with a third-round, 5-under 68. He’s three strokes behind front-runner Gary Woodland, due to the work he did final month within the South Florida wind and one thing he calls a “low driver.”

The Northern Irishman has all the time hit his driver excessive however final 12 months realized he wanted a shot off the tee that he may depend on when he merely needed to get his golf ball into the green.


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“Even when it isn’t windy, however simply when you’re looking for fairways and making an attempt to place it in play,” he defined. “I want I had a shot that snug, say, on the Tour Championship final 12 months, one thing the place you’ll be able to simply put it in play and get it on the green.”

McIlroy mentioned the low fade off the tee nonetheless travels greater than 300 yards, and he’s placed on a powerful present this week in Maui the place he’s No. 1 within the area in strokes gained: off-the-tee and fifth in driving distance.

“Certainly one of my objectives for the 12 months is driving accuracy. I need my driving accuracy to rise up into the 60 p.c quantity. It hasn’t been there in a pair years,” mentioned McIlroy, who has hit 30 of 45 fairways this week.

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