Rory McIlroy remains in contention at PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy remains in contention at the PGA Championship at Wentworth after a third round of three-under-par 69 left him joint fourth on eight under.

The Northern Ireland player lies seven shots behind leader Thomas Bjorn, who shot a 67 with the help of seven birdies on his inward nine.

McIlroy began poorly with a double bogey six at the first, but then carded five birdies in the rest of his round.

"I feel I have a low round in me but it may not be good enough," said McIlroy.

"I need to go out and shoot something similar to what Thomas did on the first day (course record 62) and if I do that I might have a chance.

"I will try to play my game, hit good shots and hole some putts - hopefully that will end up in a good score at the end of the day.

"My putt for a birdie at the 17th was very important to keep me in touch - I read it well.

"I was just disappointed not to birdie the last as it would have brought me a shot closer," he continued.

The two-time major champion birdied the fourth, seventh, 11th, 12th and 17th holes.

Luke Donald is Bjorn's nearest challenger going into the final day as he lies five adrift on 10 under following a 68.

Ireland's Shane Lowry is third on nine under after posting a 73, with Joost Luiten joining McIlroy on eight under.

Simon Thornton is one under after a 73, Padraig Harrington three over thanks to a 74 and McGrane four over following a 74.

Darren Clarke and Gareth Maybin were among the players to miss the cut.