Russell Henley Takes Deustche Bank Lead; McIlory Lurking
Russell Henley’s 6-under 65 saw him jump from fifth to first on the Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard, but it was the play of world No. 1 Rory McIlroy that captured even more attention.
Henley is 12-under, giving him a 1-stroke lead over Billy Horschel with 18 holes to go, while McIlroy is tied for third with Chris Kirk and Jason Day at 10-under.
Both McIlroy and Kirk jumped from tied for 17th to within two strokes of the lead by shooting dueling 7-under 64s, the low round of the day.
They’ll both have to play lights out to catch Henley, who followed up his Saturday 66 with today’s 65, firing seven birdies to offset his lone bogey on No. 6.
Horschel fired a 4-under 67 to move from third to second. He’s one of only three players in the field to have shot less than a 70 all three days – the other two being Day and Korea’s Seung-yul Noh, who is tied for seventh at 8-under.
Kirk was 2-over after the first day, but has shot a combined 12-under since. He birdied the first two holes and the last two, along with three in a row between No. 9-11 on Sunday.
McIlroy who was 1-under after Day One, had three birdies on the front nine and four more on the back nine.
In all, 14 players are within five strokes of the lead, including Day 1 leader Ryan Palmer, who has shot two consecutive 71s after his opening-round 63; Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.