Open Championship: day-three Gallery

The best pictures from the third round of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, where Rory McIlroy boasts a six-shot lead

The best pictures from the third round of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, where Rory McIlroy boasts a six-shot lead

Rory McIlroy leads the Open Championship by six shots after carding a third-round 68 at Royal Liverpool.

McIlroy eagled both the 16th and 18th to open up a substantial gap over Rickie Fowler, who matched the Ulsterman's score despite being six-under-par after 12 holes.

Dustin Johnson is on nine-under-par alongside Sergio Garcia - a man who spoke with an air of resignation about his chances following McIlroy's sensational finish.

A six-strong group - including Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel - sits on six-under-par, 10 shots off the lead.

Conditions were perfect for scoring, despite the R&A introducing 3-balls and a 2-tee start for the first time in Open Championship history in an effort to counter lightning and storms that were supposed to hit Royal Liverpool.

Fortunately, those didn't arrive until the leaders had finished their final round.

McIlroy is looking to win his third major championship at the age of 25 following victories in the  2011 US Open and 2012 PGA Championship.

 

 

Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel with The Masters and USPGA respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x