Tracker: McIlroy captures British Open at Hoylake

Rory McIlroy celebrates making birdie on No. 9 during the final round of the 2014 British Open.

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Open Championship

Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, England

7/17/2014 - 7/20/2014

Pos Name Thru Today Overall
1 Rory McIlroy $1,665,788 600 -17
2 Rickie Fowler $785,910 270 -15
2 Sergio Garcia $785,910 270 -15
4 Jim Furyk $478,380 150 -13
5 Marc Leishman $359,639 115 -12
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Three down, one to go.

At age 25, Rory McIlroy is just one major away from a career Grand Slam, having won the 2014 British Open championship in wire-to-wire fashion.

Sunday at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy never led by fewer than two shots as Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler tried to make a game of it. But entering the day with a six-shot cushion, McIlroy maintained his confident, consistent form and strode to a 71 – even handling bunker trouble at the 72nd – to finish at 17 under and claim his first Open Championship victory.

I've got a big team over there, my friends and family – this is actually the first major that my mother has been at when I've won, so Mum this one's for you.

"I just can't wait to get back and defend this thing at St. Andrews next year."

Garcia closed with a birdie for 66 to finish tied for second, with just one bogey against five birdies and an eagle; meanwhile, Fowler shot 67 to match Garcia's 15-under total for the week. Jim Furyk finished fourth at 13 under after a 65 that tied for the low round of the day and the week.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson was never a factor this week, continuing a disappointing season as he finished T-23. His Sunday 68 was the first sub-70 round of his week in Hoylake, England.

Tiger Woods made his first cut since returning to action after microdiscectomy surgery in April, but failed to break par after an opening-round 69. His Sunday 75 left him in solo 69th at 6 over.

“I got four rounds in,” Woods joked. “Unfortunately I didn't play very well today. It was a little different than it was on the first day, obviously. But, again, I just made too many mistakes. I had two triples, two doubles. 2 or 3 three-putts this week, just way too many mistakes.”

Woods' 294 total was 24 strokes worse than his 270 total when he won by two over Chris DiMarco.

“The fact I was able to play a few weeks ahead of time, and I'm only getting stronger and faster, is great," Woods said about his future. "I just had to get more game time. I think we did the smart thing by not playing too much leading into this event, just want to assess how my back was. And where I need to strengthen, how I need to go about it, how to gain my explosiveness again, and all that's come along.”

McIlroy will head to next year's Masters looking to complete his career Grand Slam, having won the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship.

Standing on the 18th at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy gave his compliments to the runners-up, as well as his family.

"Also these two guys at the end of the queue here, Rickie and Sergio, well done for putting on such a great fight. It was a pleasure to play with you today, Rickie, and no doubt with the way your major record is this year, your time will come, and definitely with Sergio too – two of the best players in the world," McIlroy said.

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Hole 18: Par 5, 561 yards

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler again have to wait on the tee, with McIlroy leading by three with only 18 to play.

Off the tee: Fowler is up first and he hammers it into the middle of the fairway. McIlroy takes iron here and also finds the middle.

Second shots: McIlroy goes for it and finds a greenside pot bunker. Fowler finds the green and will have about 50 feet for eagle.

Around the green: McIlroy nearly holes out from the bunker, running right over the hole. He has 12 feet left for birdie.

On the green: Fowler gives his eagle putt a good run, but settles for a two-putt par and a share of second with Sergio Garcia. It's his second consecutive T-2 in a major. McIlroy misses the birdie putt but taps in for his third major championship.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (17 under); Fowler, 5 under (15 under)

Sergio Garcia update: He has a 40-footer for eagle and it settles about 2 feet to the left of the hole. A final birdie puts him at 15 under behind a 6-under 66 on Sunday.

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Hole 17: Par 4, 458 yards

Rory McIlroy will likely get very conservative here, as keeping it in the short grass is critical, as he has a three-shot lead with two to play.

Off the tee: Fowler takes fairway metal and finds the right rough. McIlroy takes iron and is in the middle of the fairway.

Approach shots: McIlroy goes right and into the rough from near 250 yards, while Fowler tries to run it up onto the green, but comes up just short.

Around the green: Fowler's chip shot settles 3 feet under the hole. McIlroy plays an outstanding shot to a foot. Wow.

On the green: Fowler has been a machine on the greens today, and he saves par. McIlroy follows suit.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (17 under); Fowler, 4 under (14 under)

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Hole 16: Par 5, 577 yards

It's a bit backed up on the 16th hole, as Sergio Garcia is still in the middle of the fairway as Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler wait on the tee.

Off the tee: After the wait, Fowler takes driver and finds the right rough. McIlroy uses driver as well and pipes up the gut of the fairway – to the tune of 360 yards.

Second shots: Fowler has to simply muscle out of the rough. McIlroy, from just 220 yards, finds the front of the green and will have 50 feet for eagle.

Approach shot: From 88 yards, Fowler hits a nice third shot to about 8 feet past the hole.

On the green: McIlroy nearly makes the eagle putt, instead tapping in for birdie. Fowler also makes his birdie putt to stay within three.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (17 under); Fowler, 4 under (14 under)

Sergio Garcia update: The Spaniard gets to the 16th green in two and two-putts for birdie, moving to 14 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk birdies 18 for a 7-under 65 to finish at 13 under.

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Hole 15: Par 3, 161 yards

Rory McIlroy has a view of Sergio Garcia taking two shots to get out of a pot bunker on the 15th green, leading to bogey and giving McIlroy a three-shot lead.

Off the tee: Fowler's tee ball is a good one, settling 15 feet right of the cup. McIlroy pulls off a nearly identical shot, maybe slightly inside of Fowler.

On the green: Fowler drains his birdie putt and moves back into a tie for second. McIlroy misses his to the left, but remains three ahead of the field.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, Even (16 under); Fowler, 3 under (13 under)

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Hole 14: Par 4, 454 yards

Rory McIlroy had four bogeys through 54 holes coming into today, but he has three today, and that has allowed Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler back into this tournament.

Off the tee: Driver for Fowler and it's a messy one, going well right and into the long rough. McIlroy takes fairway metal and smashes it down the middle.

Approach shot: McIlroy finds the front of the green with his second shot. Fowler has to simply chop back out to the fairway. His third shot is a beauty, spinning back from the fringe to about 5 feet under the hole.

On the green: McIlroy's birdie attempt is a good one, settling inches from the cup and it's an easy par. Fowler makes his putt for an all-world par.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, Even (16 under); Fowler, 2 under (12 under)

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk birdies the par-5 16th to move into a tie for third with Fowler at 12 under.

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Hole 13: Par 3, 194 yards

Rory McIlroy can be thinking par all the way in now, as Sergio Garcia will need to go 3 under on his final five holes to catch him.

Off the tee: McIlroy goes way left off the tee and finds the long rough. Fowler leaves his tee ball well short of the green, but should be fairly easy up-and-down.

Around the green: McIlroy gets an OK lie and is able to get it out and about 15 feet under the hole. Fowler chips to about 5 inches and saves his par.

On the green: McIlroy leaves his par-saving putt about 6 inches short and he picks up a bogey that cuts his lead to two.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, Even (16 under); Fowler, 2 under (12 under)

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Hole 12: Par 4, 447 yards

Rory McIlroy's birdie streak ended at 11, but that up-and-down from the fringe was critical. The field is simply running out holes, and will begin to need a mistake or two from the Ulsterman.

Off the tee: McIlroy takes 3-wood and finds the left side of the fairway. Fowler also has fairway metal and is in the right rough, but just the intermediate cut.

Approach shots: From just under 200 yards, Fowler finds the right rough in front of the green. McIlroy plays a good shot that sticks 20 feet under the hole.

Around the green: Fowler's chip settles about 6 feet under the hole.

On the green: McIlroy leaves his birdie putt short and taps in for par. Fowler saves his par to stay in the game, even if slightly unrealistic at this point.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (17 under); Fowler, 2 under (12 under)

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia finds the rough off the 12th tee and then hits the grandstands with his second shot, only to see it bounce out and on the fringe of the green. He gets up and down to stay at 14 under.

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Hole 11: Par 4, 391 yards

That birdie was key for Rory McIlroy, especially after watching Sergio Garcia make eagle in front of him. McIlroy's lead is three over Garcia and five over Fowler.

Off the tee: Iron here for McIlroy and he puts it in the fairway. Fowler also uses iron and finds the left fairway.

Approach shots: Fowler leaves it short of the green and on the right, about 40 feet from hole. McIlroy also short and right after using a 2/3-swing.

Around the green: McIlroy's putt from off the green stops about 4 feet short, which he knocks in. Fowler gets a bit of a read from McIlroy, but leaves it about 9 inches short and settles for par.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (17 under); Fowler, 2 under (12 under)

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia narrowly misses making a birdie putt from off the green on No. 11 and remains at 14 under.

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Hole 10: Par 5, 532 yards

That was a massive birdie for Rory McIlroy, giving him some momentum going into the back nine, which he is 11 under on for the week. His lead is only two however, as Sergio Garcia makes a 12-footer for eagle ahead on the 10th green.

Off the tee: McIlroy hammers a driver down the left side, while Fowler takes driver down the middle.

Approach shots: McIlroy watches Garcia make eagle, and then promptly puts his second ball on the green and he'll have 45 feet for eagle. Fowler's shot is even better, as he will have 18 feet from left of the hole for eagle.

On the green: McIlroy nearly makes the eagle attempt, settling 3 inches left of the cup and he has a tap-in birdie. His lead is back to 3. Fowler didn't hit his eagle putt hard enough to hold the line, but taps in for a birdie as well.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (17 under); Fowler, 2 under (12 under)

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Hole 9: Par 3, 197 yards

Rory McIlroy is plodding along and after some initial pressure, Sergio Garcia has cooled off to the tune of four consecutive pars. McIlroy has no reason to take any chances at this juncture.

Off the tee: Fowler has a good line on the hole, but the ball checks at the front of the green and he'll have 30 feet for birdie. McIlroy takes aim at the hole and settles 15 feet behind the pin.

On the green: Fowler again finds the right line, but leaves it 2 feet short of the cup, which he makes. McIlroy doesn't leave his short though, putting it in the heart of the cup to get back to even on the day.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, Even (16 under); Fowler, 1 under (11 under)

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Hole 8: Par 4, 431 yards

That was a big par save by Rory McIlroy on No. 7 to avoid three consecutive bogeys and to stop the bleeding a bit. He remains three in front of Sergio Garcia.

Off the tee: Fowler takes driver here and finds the middle of the fairway. McIlroy uses iron and finds the left side of the fairway.

Approach shots: McIlroy poses over his second shot, as it settles about 20 feet past the hole. Fowler doesn't like his as much, but he is pin-high and about 30 feet away to the left.

On the green: Fowler again gives the birdie try a good run, but settles for a two-putt par. McIlroy doesn't even get close to the hole, missing on the left. But he does knock in a shorty for par.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 over (15 under); Fowler, 1 under (11 under)

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Hole 7: Par 4, 480 yards

That's too big gaffes in a row for McIlroy on the greens, and now he only leads by three over Sergio Garcia and four over Rickie Fowler.

Off the tee: Driver here for Fowler and he blasts it down the middle of the fairway. McIlroy also takes driver and finds the long rough on the right. McIlroy is definitely sputtering a bit.

Approach shots: Fowler lands right next to the pin and it runs out to about 25 feet. McIlroy finds a pot bunker with sand wedge.

Around the green: Fantastic sand shot here by McIlroy, getting it to about 18 inches to save par.

On the green: Fowler's birdie attempt narrowly misses on the right and it's a tap-in par. McIlroy also saves par.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 over (15 under); Fowler, 1 under (11 under)

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Hole 6: Par 3, 201 yards

That was a sloppy bogey from Rory McIlroy at No. 5, and now his lead is only four over Sergio Garcia and five over Rickie Fowler. These next two holes will provide a test of his nerves.

Off the tee: Fowler's tee ball comes up short of the green and finds a pot bunker. McIlroy's first ball looks good, but it rolls off the left of the green.

Around the green: Fowler hits a nice shot to about 10 feet right of the hole. McIlroy shows good touch and will have 4 feet to save par.

On the green: Fowler drains his par putt, but McIlroy doesn't, again sending it by on the right. McIlroy's lead is now three.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 over (15 under); Fowler, 1 under (11 under)

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Hole 5: Par 5, 528 yards

Three straight pars for Rory McIlroy, and now his lead is just five after Sergio Garcia picks up his third birdie in five holes to move to 12 under.

Off the tee: Fowler takes 3-wood and finds the left side of the fairway. McIlroy takes driver and the ball chases through the fairway and into the long rough.

Second shots: Fowler takes fairway metal and tries to chase it on the green, but it finds a greenside pot bunker. McIlroy takes iron, but the ball is pushed to the right and it hits the greenside grandstand.

Around the green: McIlroy has to drop in a drop zone and his third shot runs all the way through the green and into the rough at the back. Fowler's sand shot is a good one from an awkward stance, leaving himself about 10 feet for birdie. McIlroy's fourth shot checks about 10 feet short of the cup as well.

On the green: McIlroy misses the par-saving putt to the right and he picks up bogey. He was 11 under on par-5s coming into the day. Fowler follows by also missing right and he pars. McIlroy's lead is now four over Sergio Garcia.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, Even (16 under); Fowler, 1 under (11 under)

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Hole 4: Par 4, 372 yards

Rory McIlroy can likely par in and win the title. Rickie Fowler will need a barrage of birdies and he is giving himself chances thus far.

Off the tee: Fowler uses iron and guides it up the right side of the fairway. McIlroy also takes iron and finds the left side of the fairway.

Approach shots: McIlroy sticks his second ball pin-high and about 15 feet to the left. Fowler carries his a bit long, but will have a putt from 25 feet.

On the green: Fowler's birdie attempt comes up 3 feet short, but calmly saves par. McIlroy doesn't start his birdie putt far enough right and settles for an easy par.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (17 under); Fowler, 1 under (11 under)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson posts a 4-under 68 behind birdies on two of his final three holes and finishes at 5 under overall.

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Hole 3: Par 4, 426 yards

Rickie Fowler said he wouldn't stop fighting against his buddy, Rory McIlroy, and that birdie on No. 2 shows that he wasn't joking around.

Off the tee: Fowler uses iron here and finds the left side of the fairway. McIlroy also takes iron and his ball is in the middle of the fairway.

Approach shots: McIlroy has a little under 205 yards left and his ball hits the green and runs off the back. Fowler holds the green, but will have 40 feet from under the hole.

Around the green: McIlroy's chip is nearly perfect, settling a foot under the hole. Great touch there.

On the green: McIlroy taps in for par, while Fowler two-putts to remain six back.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (17 under); Fowler, 1 under (11 under)

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia makes a 25-footer for birdie on No. 3 to move to 11 under.

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Hole 2: Par 4, 454 yards

What an opening statement by Rory McIlroy, using driver and then draining a 15-footer to move seven ahead of Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia. The rout might be on.

Off the tee: Only iron here for McIlroy, putting it on the right side of the fairway. Fowler takes fairway wood and moves right past McIlroy's ball on the right side.

Approach shots: McIlroy is up first and he finds the green, about 30 feet under the hole. Fowler takes dead aim and will have 8 feet from behind the hole.

On the green: McIlroy gives his birdie attempt a good go, but it slides by on the left and he taps in for par. Fowler drains his short birdie putt to cut McIlroy's lead back to six.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (17 under); Fowler, 1 under (11 under)

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Hole 1: Par 4, 458 yards

We'll be tracking the progress of Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler all day long. So stay tuned for shot-by-shot and insight all afternoon.

Off the tee: Fowler with fairway wood and he finds the right side of the fairway. McIlroy takes driver and smokes it down the middle of the fairway, at least 80 yards ahead of Fowler. Game on.

Approach shots: Fowler is dialed in, getting his second shot to about 12 feet under the hole. McIlroy nearly matches it, with about 15 from the right of the hole.

On the green: McIlroy makes a statement by burying his birdie putt, dropping on the left side of the cup. Fowler doesn't hit his firm enough and McIlroy now leads by seven.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (17 under); Fowler, Even (10 under)

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia makes a 10-footer for birdie on No. 1 to move to 10 under. Adam Scott is also hot early, picking up back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2-3, including a 30-foot bomb on the latter.

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Update #1: 9:15 a.m. EDT

With 30 minutes until Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler take to the course in the final round's final pairing, here's a look at some of the numbers out there today:

• 64-year-old Tom Watson fired a 4-under 68 behind five birdies and a bogey, which came at the first hole;

• Brendon Todd and Koumei Oda both are in the clubhouse with 5-under 67s, putting them at 1 under for the tournament;

• Thomas Bjorn also cards a 5-under round to finish 4 under for the 72 holes;

• Chris Wood has the round of the day thus far, picking up birdie at 18 for a 7-under 65 to move to 5 under overall, which is T-13 at the moment;

• Of the 22 players in the clubhouse, only five players have recorded over-par rounds (Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Rhein Gibson, Matt Every and Thorbjorn Olesen).

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Tiger Woods' early-morning round

Hole 18: Par 5, 561 yards

Tiger Woods and Jason Dufner head to the 18th having played 17 holes in just 3 hours, 10 minutes. That's a pretty brisk pace.

Tiger's final tee ball is roped down the middle of the fairway with a fairway metal. Tiger takes another fairway metal and tries to hammer it there, but finds the left rough and will have a difficult pitch to the hole on the left.

Tiger plays a solid shot that runs out to about 25 feet right of the hole.

Tiger's birdie attempt is too firm and right of the cup, and he makes a 3-footer coming back to card a 3-over 75 to finish the 2014 Open Championship at 6 over.

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Hole 17: Par 4, 458 yards

Much better swing from Tiger here, as his iron tee ball just rolls down the right side of the fairway. He needed more of those all week – especially on Friday when he tripled the 17th. A solid approach to about 25 feet behind the hole. Tiger's birdie putt nearly drops, but he has to settle for par.

Elsewhere on the course, Phil Mickelson birdies both Nos. 4 and 5 to get to 3 under on the tournament.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (6 over for tournament)

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Hole 16: Par 5, 577 yards

Driver here for Tiger and it's a good one, splitting the fairway. He calls for his second shot to bite immediately, as it lands just under the hole and runs off the back of the green.

Tiger's chip back to the hole is a good one, leaving himself 2 feet for his first birdie since the the ninth hole and third of the day. He makes that to get back to 6 over for tournament.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (6 over for tournament)

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Hole 15: Par 3, 161 yards

Tiger is playing fast on every shot, as he is just looking to get on the plane back home at this point. He does hit a nice tee ball here that settles 15 feet right of the hole. Tiger's birdie attempt doesn't even touch the hole and another disappointing par.

Elsewhere, Tom Watson two-putts for birdie on 18 to card a 4-under 68 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 1 over.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (7 over for tournament)

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Hole 14: Par 4, 454 yards

Tiger is even struggling with fairway metal off the tee now, again finding the left rough. He has a blind shot for his second and gets it to the green, but it runs off the back. Tiger's chip is quite short, leaving him about 12 feet to save par. He misses the par putt and that's three bogeys in four holes.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson has opened his round with three consecutive pars to remain at 1 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (7 over for tournament)

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Hole 13: Par 3, 194 yards

Tiger finds a green in regulation here, but has about 35 feet to the hole. His birdie attempt looks like it has eyes for the hole, but skirts right at the very end and he settles for a two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (6 over for tournament)

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Hole 12: Par 4, 447 yards

Tiger's a bit ticked off right now, and his tee ball to the left only compounds the anger, as he takes a hearty backswing to try and swat his tee after watching the ball. After walking many fairways together, Jason Dufner keeps his distance.

Out of the long stuff, Tiger goes further left and near the gallery, leaving another chop shot for his third.

A nice third shot leaves Tiger about 20 feet to save par, which he doesn't and that is a second consecutive bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (6 over for tournament)

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Hole 11: Par 4, 391 yards

Tiger bombs his fairway metal down the middle of the fairway, but then hits a terrible short iron shot into the green, nearly causing him to take a big whack at the fairway out of disgust.

He gets his third shot to about 8 feet, but misses the par putt and that is a bad bogey considering how good his tee ball was.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (5 over for tournament)

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Hole 10: Par 5, 532 yards

Two birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey on the front for Tiger.

Good tee ball here into the middle of the fairway, leaving him just over 250 yards into the green. Tiger goes after the green, only to push it well right, with his club coming flying out of his hands.

From the long rough, Tiger does well to even get it close to the green, and he two-putts from 30 feet for a par. Another missed opportunity, mainly because of a poor second shot.

Meanwhile, Jason Dufner makes a 2-footer for eagle to get back into red figures at 1 under. He is 4 under over his last three holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (4 over for tournament)

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Hole 9: Par 3, 197 yards

From off the green and about 35 feet away, Tiger Woods drains his birdie attempt to pick up a 2 at the 9th for the second consecutive day.

Playing companion Jason Dufner also rolls in a long birdie to move to 1 over on the tournament.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (4 over for tournament)

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Hole 8: Par 4, 431 yards

Tiger has been a mess on Hoylake's front nine this week with four bogeys, three doubles, one triple and four birdies. For those scoring at home, that's 9 over.

Tiger does a nice job of recovering from his double, finding the fairway and landing his approach about 12 feet past the cup. His birdie attempt slides by on the right, leaving himself a 3-footer for par, which he makes.

For those also scoring at home, Tiger is 21 shots back of Rory McIlroy at the moment.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (5 over for tournament)

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Hole 7: Par 4, 480 yards

Tiger tripled the seventh on Saturday, so not a good vibe heading to the tee box today.

And he immediately yanks his fairway metal left and into the rough. He is forced to hack out with a fairway metal, only to get it back to the fairway. His third shot comes up well short of the green.

A tough pitch around a bunker leaves him about 10 feet for bogey, which rims out and it's another double bogey – his third of the week.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (5 over for tournament)

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Hole 6: Par 3, 201 yards

Tiger in one of those par modes again, which we saw for 14 straight holes on Friday.

A green hit here, but has 30 feet for birdie. He two-putts for a par, his fifth consecutive one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 over for tournament)

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Hole 5: Par 5, 528 yards

Tiger takes fairway metal off the tee here and finds the fairway. That forces him to follow with another fairway metal, and he's pin-high, but off to the right of the green.

His chip leaves Tiger about 12 feet for birdie, which he misses and it's a pedestrian par on one of Hoylake's easier holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 over for tournament)

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Hole 4: Par 4, 372 yards

Tiger looks like he is ready to simply play this round as quickly as possible, although a good one would give him a few extra points for Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup.

Another fairway hit at No. 4 and then an approach that settles on the left side of the green. From there, Tiger's birdie try rolls about 4 feet past, which he makes to save par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 over for tournament)

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Hole 3: Par 4, 426 yards

The bogey at 2 is indicative of Tiger's week at Hoylake – a bright moment (birdie at 1) followed by a frustrating moment (bogey at 2). Outside of the opening, 3-under 69, Tiger has simply not be able to gain any kind of momentum.

Here, Tiger finds the fairway, gets his approach to about 15 feet, but misses the birdie putt and settles for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 over for tournament)

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Hole 2: Par 4, 454 yards

Nice start for Tiger at No. 1 with a birdie, but he has another obstacle in the second hole, which he is 4 over on (bogey-bogey-double) over the first three days.

And the troubles on this hole continue, as Tiger hits the left side of the fairway, only to leave his approach short and he pitches his third shot to about 8 feet to save par. He misses the par putt and finishes the week at 5 over on No. 2.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 over for tournament)

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Hole 1: Par 4, 458 yards

For the first few hours today, we'll be keeping you up-to-date on Tiger Woods' last round of the tournament, as the former World No. 1 is 3 over through 54 holes. Tiger is playing with Jason Dufner today.

The par-4 first hole was a thorn in Tiger's side the first two rounds before a birdie on Saturday.

And you can make that two birdies for Tiger on No. 1, as he hits the fairway, sticks his approach to 12 feet and drains the putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 over for tournament)

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Weather forecast

Thunderstorms could pass through Hoylake before play begins, according to accuweather.com, with a 50 percent chance of rain at 7 a.m. local time that drops to about 25 percent just after the first few groups go off – but rises again in the afternoon. Expect high temps around 70 degrees and winds forecast to again be moderate.

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Saturday's coverage

McIlroy soars to six-shot Open lead

After three rounds in the 60s, it’s hard to see Rory McIlroy shooting a high number tomorrow and failing to win his first British Open championship.

Fowler looks for Sunday fight vs. McIlroy

"Maybe I can put a little pressure on him," Rickie Fowler said Saturday after he had done exactly that to Rory McIlroy yet faded to a six-shot deficit at the British Open.

Garcia, others face uphill chase

Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia all took turns making a run at the top of the British Open, but each had trouble sustaining any momentum against Rory McIlroy on Saturday.

Tiger once owned majors; now they own him

Tiger Woods used to own weekends at major championships. Now they seem to own him. A trend continued Saturday in the British Open: He hasn’t shot in the 60s on a major weekend since 2011.

Will McIlroy's dad's old bet pay off?

There might not be a better example of confidence in a child than Rory McIlroy's father – and it's on the verge of being rewarded, to see multiple reports tell it.

Walker feels better known across pond

Jimmy Walker leads the FedEx Cup standings and has 3 PGA Tour wins this season, yet the American in some ways seems better known across the pond than he is to U.S. golf fans as he chases a top-10 finish.

Dubuisson's progressive 2014 continues

Progress. That is exactly what 2014 is all about for Frenchman Victor Dubuisson as he moved into the top five at the British Open with a 4-under 68 in the third round.

Players' black ribbons honor Bob Torrance

What did Bob Torrance mean to golf? The black ribbons on the hats of competitors in the 143rd Open Championship said it all.

Clarke hits Open much thinner

Darren Clarke is about 50 pounds lighter than he was at last year's British Open -- and says he needed seven months of adjustments to get used to added clubhead speed.

Tracker: McIlroy again grows Open lead

Rory McIlroy carries a four-shot lead into Saturday's third round at the British Open -- can he stay ahead of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia? Follow the highlights right here!

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Friday's coverage

Behind newfound 'inner peace,' McIlroy leads British

Rory McIlroy put on a clinic at Royal Liverpool on Friday, posting a second consecutive 6-under 66 to take a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson at the 2014 British Open.

On second thought, Woods has work to do

Forget about what we saw and said Thursday. He’s not ready. An inconsistent Tiger Woods clearly needs more competitive repetitions, particularly with a driver, before he’s ready to contend in a golf tournament.

Mickelson posts 70 behind key par save at turn

Phil Mickelson's 2-under 70 was saved by a key 6-footer on the par-5 10th hole that kept his round on track.

Els among major winners to miss Open cut

Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Bubba Watson were among the top names who couldn't get past the cut at Royal Liverpool in the 2014 British Open.

Notes: Bubba 'already left it;' Day tweaks wrist

Soon after he bogeyed Royal Liverpool's 18th for a British Open missed cut, Bubba Watson turned to thoughts of home and family; Jason Day reports some pain in his wrist; plus more Open Championship news and notes.

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Thursday's coverage

McIlroy leads Open Championship, but Friday lurks

Rory McIlroy was a machine on Thursday, posting six birdies in a bogey-free, 6-under 66 that saw him take the lead at Royal Liverpool. Can he avoid another Friday disaster and chase his third major title?

Tiger's so-called "rust" seems to have been knocked off

Rust? What rust? Tiger Woods didn’t look corroded in the least, after bogeys on the first two holes anyway. Rather he looked comfortable and dangerous in shooting 3-under 69 in the Open Championship first round Thursday.

Scott nearly keeps pace with Open leader McIlroy

In the first round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool, Adam Scott told himself, “we don’t want him running away,” as he shot 68 to keep close to leader Rory McIlroy.

Hoylake's "Big Three" struggle mightily in first round

Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson took part in the angrier side of a long British Open Thursday at Hoylake, teeing off in mid-afternoon and experiencing more than their share of heartache.

Notes: Furyk fine after break; Rose's missing driver; more

Jim Furyk fared quite well after spending several weeks with family in Utah and Paris, while Justin Rose explains why he didn't get his hands on his driver until the third hole. That and more in senior writer Alex Miceli's notebook.

Molinaris' differing paths converge on Open leaderboard

Italy never has been known as a hotbed of golf, but brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari are sitting near the top of the leaderboard in the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.

Shot-by-shot: Tiger's Round 1 at British Open

Tiger Woods fired a 3-under 69 on Thursday at the Open Championship, currently sitting three shots off the lead. The round consisted of six birdies and three bogeys – including back-to-back bogeys to start the round.

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Preview coverage

Forget bomber's heaven; Hoylake demands strategy

Eight years ago, Tiger Woods won at Hoylake by using driver only once. A similar strategy could work this week despite the course being a bit more green due to recent rain.

Factory worker Singleton brings dream to life

John Singleton, the local factory worker, hopes he doesn’t have to turn up to work Monday. Liverpool's own Singleton is bringing his dream to life this week at Open Championship.

Tiger says goal is to win at Hoylake, but is that realistic?

With only 12 competitive rounds on the PGA Tour in 2014, Tiger Woods claiming that only finishing first is acceptable might be a bit of a stretch. But his competitors are seeing signs that his game is awfully close.

Scott leads expert picks for British Open

Adam Scott tops our senior writers' picks to win the 2014 British Open, with Jordan Spieth and Paul Casey also earning multiple mentions as contenders at Royal Liverpool. See who else is expected to contend.

Gambling has been prohibited at British since '11

Hard to believe, but gambling by players or caddies is prohibited at the Open Championship, and it has been for a while.

Mickelson gives back Claret Jug, keeps memories

Phil Mickelson, who concedes he used to wonder “if I ever was going to come through and play well in links golf and win an Open,” is proceeding with a profound confidence this week.

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