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McIlroy Takes 1-Stroke Lead in Deutsche Bank, Woods Shares Third

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Rory McIlroy has a one-stroke lead going into the third round of the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship, the second in the FedExCup playoff four-event series.

McIlroy, ranked No. 1 in the world, fired a 6-under 65 yesterday to finish 36 holes at 12-under 130 at the TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts.

Louis Oosthuizen is in second place at 11-under 131 after carding a 65 yesterday, while Tiger Woods shares third with Ryan Moore after both shot 3-under 68s to enter today’s play at 10-under.

“I was very happy with the two scores that I’ve got already and know that I need to go out and play just as good tomorrow to give myself a chance going into Monday,” McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, told reporters yesterday. “I think there’s been a big improvement in my putting from last week to this week.”

Woods missed six birdie putts from inside 18 feet.

“I didn’t make anything today,” Woods said. “I hit it pretty good, but made nothing. Well, I was two shots back going into today, so I’m kind of right there. There are a bunch of guys stacked up so we have to go out there and make some birdies.”

Korean golfer Seung-Yul Noh, who led after the first round, shot an even-par 71 to fall into a tie for fifth at 9-under 133 with Jason Dufner, D.A. Points, Charl Schwartzel and Chris Kirk.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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