Rory McIlroy is beginning to put the smile back on his face as he heads into the final day at the US PGA.
The Irishman has endured a miserable period since he signed a multi-million pound sponsorship deal with Nike, struggling for any sort of inspiration or consistency and failing to mount any sort of challenge for majors.
Having made the cut this time by the skin of his teeth with four birdies in the last four holes, McIlroy again enjoyed late success yesterday with two birdies in his last two holes glossing his scorecard.
A 67 keeps him six shots behind the lead but, at three under par, the former world number one can go into the final day’s play today knowing he is in contention.
"Every time I'm in that position I just think back to Quail Hollow a few years ago and what I did on the weekend there (winning with rounds of 66 and 62),” he told Skysports. “It gives me a bit confidence knowing that I've been in that position before and I've been able to win.
"I know this is a major championship and it's a bit different, but I felt good enough about my game that I could go out there and post a good one today and at least give myself a chance going into tomorrow."
McIlroy is joined on 3 under par by Lee Westwood as the Englishman looks to break his majors duck with a strong final round. However, he may come to regret the end to his second round, where he dropped three shots in the last two holes.