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That’s the only time Henley has won - in his debut as a PGA Tour member - and he hasn’t been in this situation since then. Henley has only two top 10s since that win down from Waikiki Beach at the start of 2012. Now he has to chase one of golf’s biggest stars, on a course where only one players - Ernie Els in 2008 - has come from behind on the final day to win.

“I’m trying not to pay attention to what Rory is doing,” Henley said. “Obviously, he’s playing great and he’s been in this situation a little bit more than me. But I still have a lot of confidence and I’m just going to try to play my game and not worry about what he’s doing too much.”

Russell Knox of Scotland had a 68 and was three shots behind, while Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela had a 66 and was another shot back.

Tiger Woods is still in the game, but just barely.

Woods matched the low round of the day. He was among five players who shot 65, all before the leaders teed off and the wind kicked into gear, but it was enough to move the No. 1 player 49 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for 17th. Even so, he was seven shots behind. Woods has never won a PGA Tour event when trailing by more than five shots entering the last round.

“Today was a positive day,” Woods said after his lowest score in 10 rounds this year. “Hit the ball well and made some putts and got myself back in the hunt.”

It doesn’t figure to be easy for Woods or anyone to track down McIlroy, who has converted the 54-hole lead in his last four PGA Tour wins dating to the 2011 Masters, where he blew a four-shot lead. That streak includes the Honda Classic two years, which he won to rise to No. 1 in the world for the first time.

“Definitely not a coincidence,” McIlroy said. “I learned a lot that day. I learned not to protect a 54-hole lead. I should have just stuck to the game plan, stuck to my process, not look at the leaderboard, not look at what other people are doing. … And that’s the reason that every 54-hole lead that I’ve had since, I’ve been able to close the deal. Hopefully, I can keep that run going tomorrow.”

It would be a remarkable turnaround for McIlroy, who a year ago was so frustrated with his game and high expectations that he walked off the course after 26 holes, a mistake he vowed to never repeat.

“There’s still 18 holes to go,” he said. “But I’m feeling comfortable with where I am.”