Turning up the pressure

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday, April 9, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Today's third round of the Masters began with a couple of young guns sitting 1-2 atop the leaderboard.

Twenty-one-year-old Rory McIlroy (MAK'-ihl-roy) held a two-shot advantage over 23-year-old Australian Jason Day at the halfway mark of the first men's major of the year. Day fired an 8-under 64 yesterday to vault up the standings while McIlroy signed for a 69.

It's the first time McIlroy has held the lead in a major going into the weekend. And now he's got Tiger Woods only three shots behind. The four-time Masters champion boosted his stock with 6-under 66 Friday at Augusta and is tied for third with K.J. Choi, who is coming off a 2-under 70.

Woods is trying to end a 17-month winless drought that's the longest of his career.

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