Rory McIlroy after the third round: It was one of the toughest days on a golf course

Rory McIlroy had a tough day at the US Open. The weather conditions did not allow him to give his maximum, but in the end he did well and shot a three-over 73.

“It was one of the toughest days on a golf course I’ve had in a long time,” McIlroy said, as quoted by skysports. “I just needed to grind it out, and I did on the back nine.

“To play that back nine at even par today was a really good effort, I thought – kept myself in the tournament.

“I’m sort of going home thinking that I held this round together when it could have got away from me quickly.”

Rory McIlroy on his expectations

Rory McIlroy sits three shots behind leaders Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris. Rory has revealed his expectations, and believes he can change things.

“I know guys aren’t going to go out there and shoot the lights out,” he said.

“I mean, 67 from Will out there today is unbelievable, such a good score, 68 from Fitz as well. I think, depending on the conditions tomorrow, that’s what it’s going to take.

“From me, it’s going to take something like that to get the job done, but as we’ve seen today, things can change so quickly. I certainly thought I was going to be a few shots further back than I was at the end of the day.”

Fitzpatrick wants to seize the opportunity, and believes that the title at the 2013 US Amateur Championship could give him extra confidence

“I certainly think it gives me an edge over the others,” he said. “I genuinely do believe that.

“It’s a real positive moment in my career. It kind of kick-started me.

“To come back here and play so well again, it kind of just gives me growing confidence round by round.”