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McIlroy makes move

MIAMI (AFP) – Rory McIlroy made a charge into contention but Charley Hoffman closed with a 70-foot birdie putt to match Kevin Kisner for the lead after Saturday’s third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Rory McIlroy (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Rory McIlroy (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Hoffman curled in the shot of the tournament at the US PGA event on Orlando’s famed Bay Hill course to cap a closing run of three consecutive birdies to join his US compatriot on 11-under 205 through 54 holes.

McIlroy, preparing his bid for a Masters win next month that would give him a career Grand Slam, fired a seven-under par 65 to stand on 210 in a share of eighth after a 74-71 start to the week.

‘‘At least I’ve given myself a decent chance,’’ McIlroy said. ‘‘At least I’m in with a shout and if I get off to a fast start I can be right in there.

‘‘Hopefully the wind starts to get up and I can be somewhere close to the lead tomorrow.’’

And it was a good sign as he looks toward a possible fifth major title and quest for a first green jacket in just three weeks at Augusta National.