McIlroy takes 3-stroke lead in Shanghai Masters

October 29, 2011 - 4:20 AM
China Golf Shanghai Masters

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 9th hole during the third round of the Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters golf tournament in Shanghai, China, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

SHANGHAI (AP) — U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes after the third round of the Shanghai Masters.

The 22-year-old star from Northern Ireland made seven birdies in another bogey-free round on Lake Malaren's Jack Nicklaus-designed Masters course to finish at 18-under 198.

American Anthony Kim was second after a 65.

South Korea's Noh Seung-yul was 14 under after a 67.

The 30 players are vying for the $2 million first prize, the richest in golf. All the top players are getting appearance money, and last place pays $25,000. Because the International Management Group-run event isn't sanctioned by a major tour, it doesn't have world-ranking points.

The World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions is next week at nearby Sheshan International.