NORTON, Mass. -- The bad news for Rory McIlroy happened Friday, as he played his first three holes of the Deutsche Bank Championship opening round in 4-over par. The good news is that hes bounced back in a big way, playing the next 51 holes in 13 under, including a third-round 5-under 66 on Sunday that moved him into contention for his first PGA Tour win of the season.The way Im looking at it is, how good a tournament would this be to win, being 4 over through three, said McIlroy, who is tied for seventh, 6 shots behind leader Paul Casey. Its a great opportunity to do something that Ive never done before. Ive never started a tournament like that and went on to win it, so its a great opportunity to try and overcome a little bit of adversity to start with and then get into it.McIlroy has overcome his share of adversity already during this tournament. In addition to five bogeys, he has carded a double-bogey and a triple-bogey. Those have been counteracted by an impressive 17 birdies and an eagle that was nearly a double-eagle.After backing off his second shot on the par-5 18th hole multiple times due to sudden wind gusts, McIlroy hit a 4-iron shot that bounced on the front of the green, rolled directly at the hole and lipped out.It was worth the wait, he laughed. I had to back off the shot twice because the wind was gusting and I didnt know if I had enough club in the end. I hit a 4 iron as good as I could and buttoned it. It looked good for a while.As to whether it wouldve been an albatross or a double-eagle, McIlroy remained firm: Definitely albatross. Im still European. I play for the blue team.Speaking of playing for the blue team, McIlroy should have European Ryder Cup fans breathing easier with his putting display so far this week.One week after switching to a Scotty Cameron putter and formalizing a working relationship with short-game guru Phil Kenyon, McIlroy is more than 4 strokes better on the greens than the field, according to the strokes gained putting statistic.I think Im No. 1 on tour strokes gained off the tee, No. 2 strokes gained tee to green, so that stuff has been there all year, he explained. Even the approach shots havent been up to the standard I would like them to be, but even around the green Ive been OK.Its just been the putting thats really let me down. Im really happy with that; Im happy with how Ive held on. Im happy with how I converted a few of the chances I had yesterday and today, and feel like if I can just keep that going, and build on the momentum that I have. Nike Air Max 97 Womens . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigerias place in Brazil with his powerful free kick in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium. Buy Nike Air Max 97 . John Lucas, signed as a mentor for rookie Trey Burke, showed he can score if required, scoring 12 points of his 16 points in the second quarter as Utah built an 18-point lead. http://www.airmax97silverforsale.com/ . SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. Cheap Air Max 97 . -- Stanford squashed Oregons national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football. Air Max 97 Gold . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. British No. 1?Johanna Konta secured a place in the quarterfinals of the China Open with a rain-hit 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7) victory over Karolina Pliskova in Beijing.Konta, aiming to force her way into contention for the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month, had moved into a 4-1 lead following an early break against the world No. 6 before the players were taken off the Lotus Court.The 25-year-old No. 11 seed, though, picked up where she had left off when back in action, breaking the Czech again before wrapping up the first set in just 27 minutes of action.Pliskova, however, produced a recovery in the second set, eventually breaking Konta at the seventh attempt in a tight sixth game to lead 4-2 and then closing out her own service to level the contest.Both players then failed to hold servee in a tense decider, although Konta saved three break points to lead 6-5 before Pliskova forced the tie-break.dddddddddddd.It was Konta who remained composed, the Briton making the most of an early mini-break to open up a 4-1 lead, which she pushed home to seal a place in the last eight against either fourth seed Simona Halep or Chinese player Zhang Shuai.Konta, ranked world No. 14, is currently ninth in the race to Singapore with the top eight qualifying for the tournament.Elsewhere, there was a shock over on the National Tennis Stadium court, where top seed and world number one Angelique Kerber lost in straight sets 6-3 7-5 to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. ' ' '