2011 Masters: McIlroy Leads By 4 Going into Final Round

Rory McIlroy birdied two of the last four holes to offset an up-and-down round and salvage a 2-under 70 that put him four strokes ahead going into the final round of the 2011 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Course.

McIlroy, who had a 69 in the second round, could win his first major on Sunday if he holds off a group of four players at 8-under 208. Australia’s Jason Day (72), South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel (68), South Korea’s K.J. Choi (71), and Argentina’s Angel Cabrera (67) are all running four strokes behind entering the fourth round. McIlroy, who missed the cut last year, said he is feeling very confident going into the final round. “It’s a great position to be in,” said the 21-year-old pride of Northern Ireland.

Lying seven strokes behind McIlroy is Tiger Woods, who may have kissed his chances of a fifth green jacket goodbye on Saturday after a disastrous 74. Woods, who has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, started the day only three strokes adrift after a 66 in the second round, but quickly faded away after taking bogeys in two of the first four holes in the third round.