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Tiger Woods comes out on top in head-to-head meeting with Rory McIlroy at the Northern Trust

After the Friday fireworks from Scottie Scheffler (59) and Dustin Johnson (60), it would be tempting to think the course in Boston was far too easy for the start of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

Probably not an opinion best expressed within earshot of Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy.

Paired together in the third round on Saturday, the two most decorated players of their generation looked like they were playing Carnoustie on a bad day.

It would be nice to know what happened to the real Rory during lockdown because this pale imitation is definitely starting to irritate. 

Over a front nine played in 27 shots by Johnson the previous day, McIlroy needed fully 13 strokes more as he ran up two triple bogeys.

He finished with a 74 and will start the final round in 69th place out of 70.

Woods was not much better, shooting 73 to lie 68th at the start of his ambitious run of four events in five weeks, culminating in the US Open at Winged Foot.

At the Wales Open at Celtic Manor, Connor Syme will hope to go one better than last week as he seeks a maiden tour victory.

Seven days ago, he lost out to Englishman Sam Horsfield. This time, he is tied for the lead with Swede Sebastian Soderberg.

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