Day 4 of the 2014 British Open is underway from Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, and golfers with early tee times have been fortunate to find impeccable weather conditions. However, not many have been able to take advantage.
Before leader Rory McIlroy and his challengers take the course for 18 more holes, let's take a look at some of Sunday's early results.
Here's how the leaderboard currently looks:
Tiger Woods is one player unable to get the best of the links course featuring softer greens after a rainy Saturday. A roller-coaster front nine, including a double-bogey six on hole No. 7, led to a one-over 36. Things didn't exactly get any better after he made the turn, as he bogeyed three of his first five holes.
ESPN's Trey Wingo tweeted an unfortunate omen regarding the former world No. 1:
Tiger on his way to his worst ever showing at a major..and the 2nd consecutive major in which he's played in...to post his worst finish— trey wingo (@wingoz) July 20, 2014
Tiger may be one of golf's elite, but he certainly hasn't looked that way recently, as he continues to recover from back surgery.
While Woods struggled, one of golf's legends fared extremely well Sunday.
The 64-year-old Tom Watson nearly shot his age, posting a four-under 68 on the day to finish the tournament at one-over par. After taking a bogey on the par-four first, Watson finished out his round by recording five birdies without another blemish.
The Golf Channel's Rich Lerner noted the brilliant conclusion:
Highlight of the morning is Never Old Tom Watson tapping in for 68 at 64 and Peter Alliss, on BBC, saying, "Well done Tommy!"— Rich Lerner (@RichLernerGC) July 20, 2014
Golf Central is already looking forward to next year for Watson:
64-year-old Tom Watson uses a final round 4-under 68 to finish the 143rd Open Championship at +1. Next year will be special at St. Andrews.— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) July 20, 2014
After all, The Open Championship will be held at St. Andrews in 2015, and it will mark his final showing at the prestigious tournament that he's won five times.
Both Brendan Todd and Koumei Oda proved that the course is allowing some low numbers Sunday, as each player posted a five-under 67.
PGA Tour noted the impressive play from these two golfers:
Low numbers are out there at #TheOpen. Brendon Todd and Koumei Oda carded 5-under 67s after Tom Watson's 68.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 20, 2014
Todd took a bogey at the second, but four birdies and one eagle later, he posted his best round of the tournament.
Oda's story was similar. He took a disastrous triple-bogey seven at No. 3, but with an impressive eight birdies on his round as well, he managed to break 70 for the first time since Thursday.
Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson is really looking to finally get something going at Royal Liverpool. He has yet to break 70 through three rounds, but he appears to be in good shape early Sunday after playing his first five holes in two-under par.
Mickelson's sponsor, KPMG, is certainly happy with his Round 4 performance:
Mickelson isn't in any kind of position to defend his Open title; however, a low number on the tournament's final day would do wonders for his confidence going forward.
With plenty of mixed results early in the day and winds expected to intensify into the afternoon, we can expect to see some enthralling play from the later tee times. Will McIlroy hang on to his six-stroke lead to claim his first career major, or will he succumb to the pressure of an Open Championship's final pairing?
We'll know the answer to those questions in only a matter of hours.