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Two-times major golf champion, Rory McIlroy of Ireland, has extended his lead at The Open Championship 2014 to 6 shots after starting the day 4 srokes ahead.

After a vary nervy start, the Irish golfer got into his stride by birdieing the par-5 5th hole to cancel out a bogey on his opening hole. He then ground out four pars at the next four holes to reach the turn in even par, 35.

The former USPGA and US Open Champion’s round caught fire at the 10th hole, where he two-putted for a birdie-4 to get under for the round for the first time. That gained shot was given back with a bogey-5 at the 11th hole but that did not perturb McIlroy, who birdied the par-4 13th hole.

In the home stretch, McIlroy eagled the par-5 16th hole with a bogey-5, after taking three to get down from just off the last green, albeit from a tight spot. The Irish golfer then hit a majestic second shot to the last to within ten feet and holed out for a round of -4, 68, and a 54 holes aggregate score of -16,200.

Tomorrow, McIlroy has a realistic chance of having a run at Tiger Woods’ nineteen under par record score at Royal Liverpool Hoylake links in 2006.

in the final analysis, it’s amazing the difference an hour can make. At one stage, McIlroy and American were level on nine under par through 12 holes. Sixty minutes later, McIlroy was 5 shots ahead.

Whilst McIlroy pushed on to reach sixteen under par, Fowler dropped shots at holes 14, 16 and 17, albeit the American did birdie the final hole to finish with a round of four-under-par, 68, for -10, 206.

Rory did not have things all his own way, but two eagles in his final three holes, which proves when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Realistically, tomorrow should a Sunday stroll tomorrow and the likes of Fowler (-10), Sergio Garcia on nine under par after a round of -3, 69, and American golfer, Dustin Johnson, on the same mark after a score of -1, 71, look the most likely to mount a serious challenge but there is a big gap. The fact a four shot gap was closed today after 12 holes confirms this is possible. All will be revealed tomorrow.

Leading 2014 Open Golf Scores after 3 Rounds (par-72):-

POS PLD CTR PAR PLAYER TODAY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 18 NIR -16 MCILROY, Rory -4 66 66 68 200
2 18 USA -10 FOWLER, Rickie -4 69 69 68 206
T3 18 SPA -9 GARCIA, Sergio -3 68 70 69 207
T3 18 USA -9 JOHNSON, Dustin -1 71 65 71 207
5 18 FRA -8 DUBUISSON, Victor -4 74 66 68 208
6 18 ITA -7 MOLINARI, Edoardo -4 68 73 68 209
T7 18 ITA -6 MANASSERO, Matteo -4 67 75 68 210
T7 18 AUS -6 SCOTT, Adam -3 68 73 69 210
T7 18 SWE -6 KARLSSON, Robert -2 69 71 70 210
T7 18 USA -6 FURYK, Jim -1 68 71 71 210
T7 18 SAF -6 SCHWARTZEL, Charl PAR 71 67 72 210

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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