Rory McIlroy builds one-shot lead atop CJ Cup standings

Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

RIDGELAND, SC — Rory McIlroy shot 67 (minus-4) to give himself a one-stroke lead at the top of the CJ Cup standings on Saturday.

McIlroy has a clear path to regain the title of world number one. It would be a first for him since the summer of 2020 and a ninth time in his career.

The Northern Irishman made two birdies during his round. The first came on the fourth hole and the second took place on the 12th flag. He also scored three birdies and three bogeys.

McIlroy is under-13 overall and is chased by Jon Rahm, Kurt Kitayama and KH Lee.

Lee shot 66 for the best round of the day, tied with three other golfers. Both Rahm and Kitayama completed the Congaree course in 70 strokes.

Taylor Moore (67) and Aaron Wise (71) tied for fifth, three behind McIlroy.

Tied for 23rd heading into the day, Canadians Corey Conners and Adam Hadwin headed in different directions. Conners turned in a 69 to climb to 18th place while Hadwin slipped to 42nd after a round of 74.

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