Former world number one Rory McIlroy finds himself three shots off leader Gary Woodland heading into the final round of the 2019 season opener in Hawaii, the BBC report.

Only 33 players are at the Sentry Tournament of Champions – which is made up of PGA Tour winners from the previous calendar year – and after impressive rounds of 69 and 68, McIlroy produced another five-under round of 68 on Saturday.

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The Northern Irishman, who is a four-time major champion, is playing in the tournament for the first time after deciding to focus more on the PGA Tour during 2019 instead of his usual European Tour events.

The 29-year-old is now just three shots off American Woodland, who sits on 17 under after three rounds.

Australian Marc Leishman is just one stroke behind McIlroy ahead of the final round on 13 under, while British hopes Paul Casey and Ian Poulter are further down the leaderboard on seven and six under respectively.