Rory Mcllroy put a nightmarish Friday behind him with a one under par 71 at Augusta on Saturday.

After almost being disqualified on Friday evening for playing around in the sand, Mcllroy put a really bad Good Friday to bed with a solid third round showing at the Masters.

Mcllroy picked up a shot on the second with a birdie on the par 5. After four straight pars the Hollywood man bogeyed the par 4 seventh.  However, he dusted himself off and birdied the par 5 eighth.

Nine pars on the back nine and Mcllroy went into the clubhouse with a 71, one under for the round and level par for the tournament.

The 19-year-old may not win the tournament, but he showed resilience on the first day of the weekend’s play and can look forward to going out on Sunday to put a positive finish on what has, at times, been a very trying week. 

Graeme McDowell, who was playing with Tiger Woods, carded a 73 at the third round of the Masters. The 29-year-old, playing for the first time on the weekend at his second Masters, went out in 37 and came back in 36 for a one-over-par 73 on the day to go one-under-par for the tournament.

Kenny Perry and Angel Cabrera co-lead the tournament at eleven-under-par.

Tournament favorites Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are both four-under-par.