Rory McIlroy bounced back into the mix at the Wells Fargo Championship following a five-under-par 66 at the North Carolina event.

The four-time major winner tumbled down the leaderboard on Friday after shooting a disappointing 76 to move over par, however, the County Down golfer has fought back to three under par and sits in a tie for 16th place, seven shots off leader Jason Day.

And yet McIlroy admitted that he is really struggling with his game at the moment following his third round showing, which included seven birdies and two bogeys.

McIlroy hit a hot streak on the back nine making four consecutive birdies from the 14th to the 17th but could not maintain the momentum on the final hole to threaten the top ten, instead finishing with a bogey on the par four 18th.

"I'm just not that comfortable with anything right now," McIlroy told Golf Channel. "I'm trying really hard to hit it in the fairway and then trying really hard to get my irons on line. It's all just a little bit of a struggle."

It was a better day for the Irish all round as Graeme McDowell posted six birdies in an impressive 67, which brought the 2010 US Open winner back into the top 25.

But things could have been so much better for McDowell as he handed two shots back on the 18th, finishing with a double bogey six.

Waterford's Seamus Power also shot under par as he returned to level par overall due to a three-under 68, which included five birdies and two bogeys.

Power sits in a tie for 40th place, having moved 29 places up the leaderboard, however, Shane Lowry remains over par for the tournament.

The Offaly man could not improve on his one-under-par 70 on Friday but did manage a level-par third round to remain on two over par in a tie for 59th.

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, was another who fought back in round three to make the move back under par following a three under 68.

The former world number one admitted that he was struggling with his putting this week but put his disappointing second round behind him to shoot three under and get to one under par overall.

Woods posted six birdies throughout his third round and was another to be undone on the final hole, ending with a bogey five as a result of a disappointing three-putt.

"I was so close to shooting about seven, eight-under today," he told reporters. I still didn't have enough pace on a couple that I left on the lip.

"I'm close, I'm hitting the ball well enough to contend, to win this golf tournament, but I just haven't made putts."