The Northern Irishman began the day two off the pace in a share of fifth but after a frustrating front nine in which he missed a number of chances he went backwards quickly after the turn. He went out in level par at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course near Cheonan after his only birdie of the day – at the par-five fifth – was cancelled out by a bogey at the next. “It’s tough to get yourself to commit to a certain line because you’ll hit a few and they’ll go through the break, and some turn more than others. “It’s just tough to commit to the line you choose. “I wanted to come here and play; it’s nothing about trying to build confidence or anything like that. “I guess more than anything else I wanted to shake the rust off this week and try and get into contention – and obviously try to win.” Press Association World number six Rory McIlroy blew his chances of breaking his 2013 drought after a four-over third-round 75 left him 10 shots behind at the Kolon Korea Open. A double-bogey six at the 10th were the first of four dropped shots in five hole as McIlroy, who has not won since changing his clubs at the start of the year, fell further behind as he finished the day one-over for the tournament. Although overnight leader Hong Soon-sang could manage only a level par 71, dropping him into second on five under, Kim Hyung-tae shot a 66, the joint-best round of the week, to take a four-shot cushion into the final day. McIlroy has not given up hope of staging a miraculous recovery but was left to rue missed opportunities to strengthen his position on day three. “Last time here (in 2011) I shot 64 in the last round so it would need something probably similar or a little better to have a chance,” he told oneasia.asia. “A frustrating day because I was in contention after two days and if you shoot a solid score today you’re right in there. “I’ve just got to go out there tomorrow and shoot the best score that I can. “I just think the story of the day is that I missed a lot of putts, missed a lot of chances for birdies at the start of the round and then missed a few short ones for pars in the middle and end of the round. That’s really what it was. “It’s a struggle, especially where they’ve put some of the pin positions.
With veteran big man Ben Matulino set to miss the opening rounds of the season, following surgery on his left knee in January, there is an opening in the engine room for the Kiwi club.While Jacob Lillyman and Albert Vete are the probable starters, the Warriors have tended to carry three props on their bench in recent times, creating an opportunity for one of their youngsters to earn a spot on the interchange alongside likely candidates Sam Lisone and Charlie Gubb.”They all put their hand up and it’s been a good learning curve for the likes of Isaiah Papalii and Toafofoa Sipley,” Wiki said.”They are knocking on the door of first grade, so hopefully they can learn from this and move on.”It’s just about them putting their best foot forward to show Stephen they can match it in the NRL.”Last year Sipley made his NRL Telstra Premiership debut, playing two matches off the interchange following strong form in the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side, while Papalii is yet to play past Holden Cup level, where he appeared in 11 matches for the Junior Warriors in 2016.Speaking ahead of his appearance for the World All Stars in Friday night’s clash against the Indigenous All Stars, Lisone said the props at the Warriors were enjoying the internal competition for places.”‘Mooks’ (coach Stephen Kearney) has got a few of us having a run in there, there’s a lot of competition coming through,” Lisone said.”Tof Sipley and Isaiah Papalii are putting some pressure on me, Albert and Charlie.”I thought Isaiah played really well for a young team [at the Nines].”Both Sipley and Papalii have been named in the Warriors’ squad for this Saturday’s trial match against the Melbourne Storm at Sunshine Coast Stadium.