- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Rory McIlroy is hoping history repeats itself.

McIlroy shot a 65 on Saturday to move to 6 under and put himself in outside contention to make a run at his second Wells Fargo Championship - which is more than he could say after the first two days of the tournament.

We’ve seen this before from McIlroy at the Quail Hollow Club.

In 2010 he made the cut on the number, then proceeded to shoot a 66-62 over the final two days to win. This year, McIlroy again made the cut on the number at 1-over.

He closed out the third round by holing a par putt on No. 18 and then gave a dramatic fist pump to the crowd.

“It does” bring back memories, McIlroy said. “In 2010, I bogeyed the 18th hole on Saturday to shoot 66, so I had a putt on 18 to go one better. So that’s why I gave a first pump. I was sort of thinking of that.”

Now the big question is if McIlroy, the 11th-ranked player in the world, can duplicate his final round from four years ago when he closed out the field with a 10-under 62, setting a course record.

McIlroy’s challenge might be a little tougher this time around.

In 2010 he entered the final round down four shots. On Sunday, he’ll tee it up seven shots off the pace.

McIlroy’s not sure if it will take another 62 to win, but said “at least I’ve given myself a chance.”

___

FIGHTING TO RELAX: So what does the Irishman do before what’s expected to be an intense final round of golf?

Rory McIlroy said he planned to spend Saturday night watching a European soccer match followed by the welterweight championship fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana.

“Just relax and get ready,” McIlroy said.

___

Story Continues →