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McIlroy closing in on big prize at Shanghai

SHANGHAI — U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot 7-under 65 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes after the third round of the Shanghai Masters.

McIlroy made seven birdies in another bogey-free round on Lake Malaren's Jack Nicklaus-designed Masters course to finish at 18-under 198.

"Another good day on the course! Excited to have a chance to get another win this year!" McIroy tweeted, adding the hashtag "itsbeentoolong."

Anthony Kim was second after a 65. He's coming off a third-place finish last week in the Asian Tour event in South Korea.

South Korea's Noh Seung-yul was 14 under after a 67.

Louis Oosthuizen struggled in the windy, overcast conditions, shooting 76 to finish at 4 under. The 2010 British Open champion had double bogey on the par-5 13th and made four bogeys.

The 30 players are vying for the $2 million first prize, the richest in golf.

ASIA PACIFIC CLASSIC: Bo Van Pelt shot 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over fellow Indiana player Jeff Overton after the third round in Selangor, Malaysia. Van Pelt had a 16-under 197 total in the second-year event sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour.

"I just love to play to compete," Van Pelt said. "It's not about the money. That's what gets my juices flowing. Like my grandpa always told me, 'You can't take it with you.' "

McIlroy closing in on big prize at Shanghai 10/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 29, 2011 7:02pm]
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