"I don't think I hit it any longer, I just don't need to try and hit it," McIlroy said. "So when I hit it, it just goes. I don't have to go after it quite as much."
He said the longest drive of his career was 405 yards.
MICKELSON WELL BACK: Phil Mickelson has finished in the top 50 in eight of the nine tournaments he's played this season and there's a good chance he'll add to that number Sunday.
But he's unlikely to win.
After a 4-under 68 on Saturday, Mickelson was tied for 30th, nine shots back behind leader Webb Simpson.
Still, Mickelson has something to lift his spirits next week. He'll be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla. on Monday.
FOWLER IN POSITION: Rickie Fowler, who dressed in a bright "lime punch" colored outfit Saturday, is already one of the more popular players on the PGA Tour.
Now he's looking for his first PGA Tour win.
He put himself in a great position to do that with a 67 Saturday, leaving him three shots off the pace.
"That would be awesome," Fowler said of the possibility of getting his first win. "This is one of the best events we play all year here at Quail Hollow. It's a packed leaderboard like you're talking about, and it would be nice to be on the top of it."
His lone title came in the Korean Open.
CREAM OF THE CROP: The Wells Fargo Championship has churned out an impressive list of champions during the tournament's nine-year history, including Woods, McIlroy, Jim Furyk, David Toms, Lucas Glover, Anthony Kim and Vijay Singh.
That doesn't surprise Ogilvy.
"This course demands you move the ball both ways," Ogilvy said. "If you really want to play the course well you've got to move the ball around in the air a little bit, think about it a little bit. It matters where you miss. We played a lot of golf courses where you really don't' have to worry about your misses too much. I think that's why you see the cream of the Tour winning this tournament. Pretty much every year it's a pretty solid player winning."
If McIlroy is able to sustain his strong play he'll become the first two-time champion. He also won in 2010.
DIVOTS: Simpson has gone 210 holes without recording a three-putt, the longest such streak on tour. ... D.A. Points wasn't expected to be among those competing for the championship. In his previous five starts, he made one cut in a tie for 63rd place. ... McIlroy will regain the No. 1 ranking in the world with a two-way tie for seventh or better. ... The 54-hole leader has gone on to win at Quail Hollow in four of the previous nine tournaments.