Forging a 3-Shot Lead, McIlroy Can See Augusta From Doral


Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on Saturday.

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DORAL, Fla. — Rory McIlroy has captured three of golf’s four major championships, and with his game kicking into another gear as he methodically took apart the Blue Monster course at Trump National Resort on Saturday, talk will soon shift to the major title he covets most.

Fittingly, McIlroy was paired in the final group with Adam Scott, who owns what McIlroy needs to complete a career grand slam: the Masters green jacket.

McIlroy erased Scott’s two-stroke lead early in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and began distancing himself from the field. McIlroy fired a four-under-par 68, good for a 12-under total of 204 and a three-stroke lead over Scott and the defending champion Dustin Johnson heading into Sunday’s final round.

Every iota of McIlroy’s talent appeared to coalesce in his…

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