McIlroy then steadied the ship with a string of pars before collecting his
first birdie of the day at the 13th.
He also drained a mid-range putt for another at the 17th as he battled back to
post a 70 and remain in the hunt.
Ryder Cup team-mate Peter Hanson moved into second place after a fine 65 which
included one bogey and six birdies.
“It was nice,” Hanson said. “To sum it up, it was very good putting.
“I had a bit of a slow start making a bogey on the second but from there it
was very solid and there were a couple of good bunker shots that saved some
pars through the through the middle part of the round.”
Yang also returned a 65 and added: “I’m in a good position, better than being
ahead in the first or second round.
“One more day to focus, 18 holes to play. I think my chances are fairly good.
There was minimal wind today, so that helped a lot, and my irons and my
putter were playing as I’ve always wanted them to today.”
Yang shares third with Pariya on eight under after the Thai youngster overcame
a terrible start that saw him bogey the first and double bogey the second
with six subsequent birdies.
“I kept telling myself ‘Okay, the round is not over, you made it through to
the weekend after playing really bad the last couple of months,”‘ Pariya
“Just go out there and enjoy it, just one shot at a time and try to make
England’s David Horsey is in the group at five under par following a 69, while
defending champion Ian Poulter is six shots off the lead after a 67.
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