What a tournament it's been for Rory McIlroy.
Through 54 holes, the world's No. 8 golfer finds himself with a comfortable six-stroke lead heading into the 2014 British Open's final round.
After beginning with scores of 66 on both Thursday and Friday, McIlroy posted a 68 on Saturday due to recording two eagles over the final three holes to end his rain-soaked day at 16 under for the tournament.
Here's a look at the British Open's current leaderboard:
McIlroy's aforementioned eagles were a big reason why he's maintaining such a solid lead. He posted his first of the day after rolling in this 18-footer on the 16th hole:
Will Brinson of CBS Sports noted McIlroy's prowess on Royal Liverpool's back nine:
Rory McIlroy eagles 18, now a whopping 11 under on 27 back-nine holes at #TheOpen— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) July 19, 2014
Although, the leader wasn't without challengers on Saturday.
Rickie Fowler surged in the early portion of his round, recording seven birdies over his first 12 holes. In fact, at one point during the day, Fowler tied McIlroy atop the leaderboard:
This great 28-foot putt for birdie on the second hole summed up Fowler's early success:
Unfortunately, he would falter down the final stretch of his round, taking three bogeys in his final five holes to finish the day with a four-under 68 and 10 under for the tournament.
Fowler will be paired with McIlroy for Sunday's final round, and considering he's placed in the top five in each of the year's first two major tournaments, he's no stranger to this situation.
ESPN Stats & Info noted the stellar play from both players in majors this season:
Lowest combined score to par in majors this year: - Rickie Fowler (-13) - Rory McIlroy (-10)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 19, 2014
Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson are also hanging around near the top of the leaderboard, as both are sitting at nine under for the tournament.
Garcia started strong on Saturday, posting a three-under 32 on the front nine, but leveled off on the back side with an even-par 37. Conversely, Johnson struggled early with a two-over 37 on the front side, but he made up ground after the turn, shooting a three-under 34 on the back.
World No. 1 Adam Scott was solid on Saturday with a round of 69; however, at six under for the tournament, he's 10 strokes off the pace entering the final round. Catching McIlroy at this point may even be too difficult a feat for the smooth-swinging Aussie.
Golf analyst Luke Elvy commented on Scott's resilience and exceptional play when facing adversity:
While he's not in the hunt, got to give Adam Scott kudos for another gutsy fight back today. Doubled par 5 10th then played last 8 holes -5.— Luke Elvy (@elvisgolf) July 19, 2014
Fortunately for Sunday's field, Weather.com projects a very little chance of rain; although, winds are expected to increase to roughly 13 mph—which could make things very interesting.
Should McIlroy hold his lead for another 18 holes, he'll be joining some elite company, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
If Rory McIlroy (25 yrs) wins @The_Open, he will be 3rd youngest to win 3 majors in Masters Era (since '34) - Nicklaus (23), Woods (24)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 19, 2014
Given the vast amount of talent near the top of the leaderboard, the 2014 British Open's final round appears poised for a thrilling conclusion.