McIlroy makes his move

Rory McIlroy, pictured, trails leader Thomas Bjorn by five shots in the Barclays Singapore Open (AP)

Rory McIlroy, pictured, trails leader Thomas Bjorn by five shots in the Barclays Singapore Open (AP)

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World number one Rory McIlroy made early ground on leader Thomas Bjorn on the third day of the Barclays Singapore Open.

The Northern Irishman picked up two shots on the back nine to go to four under but that still left him five adrift of the Dane.

But it was again a mixed bag for McIlroy whose struggles of the first two days continued as he picked up four shots in all but also dropped two with a double-bogey six at the 444-yard sixth.

Having picked up a shot at the par three second he then eagled the 586-yard fourth before throwing away what he had gained two holes later.

A double-bogey six on the sixth was followed by a birdie on the seventh as McIlroy went out in 34 as he looked to improve on shooting 70 on each of the first two days.

Bjorn made a steady start by parring his first three holes to retain the lead on nine under, the Dane one shot ahead of England's Chris Wood who picked up one stroke with a birdie on the second.

South African George Coetzee was alone in third on seven under and Italian Francesco Molinari shared fourth a shot further back with Thailand's Chapchai Nirat.

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