Published: Jul 30, 2011 5:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 31, 2011 6:30 AM EDT

KILLARNEY, Ireland (AP) - David Howell, Richard Green and Simon Dyson found themselves in a three-way tie Saturday atop the Irish Open, but homegrown stars Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell fell out of contention on a wet, windy third round of play.

England veteran Howell shot a 7-under 64 for the round's best score. England's Dyson and Australia's Green both shot 67 as many in the pared-down field struggled with blustery, damp conditions.

Fourth-place Stephen Gallacher of Scotland also shot a 68 and was two shots behind the leaders.

McIlroy had a terrible start, double-bogeying the first and eighth holes. He also bogeyed the par-3 third as his wind-blown tee shot sailed left into a stream.

He and Northern Ireland colleague McDowell shot 72 to fell eight shots behind the leaders.