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British Open Standings 2014: Live Updated Look at Day 4 Leaderboard Results

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 19:  Tom Watson of the United States tees off on the 10th hole during the third round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 19, 2014 in Hoylake, England.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IJune 9, 2016

It's still early and there's plenty of ground left to be made up, but several of the biggest names in golf have already finished their final round at the 2014 British Open.

Though they aren't in contention for the Claret Jug, both Tiger Woods and Tom Watson wrapped up their tournament Sunday morning—with both heading in opposite directions. It's no surprise to see Watson posting a low number in The Open, but Woods fell further down the leaderboard on Sunday.

Both 25-year-old phenoms in Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler teed off at 9:40 a.m. ET and figure to be contending for the win. Neither player has the history of Watson or Woods in The Open, but they have a chance to etch their names on the Claret Jug later Sunday.

With the final round of The Open underway, here are some of the early scores and an updated scoreboard.

 

Early-Scores Breakdown

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  Tiger Woods of the United States reacts on the 18th green during the final round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 20, 2014 in Hoylake, England.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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The 2014 British Open might have been Woods' return to the major stage, but it certainly wasn't the comeback he had in mind.

Woods was off his game yet again on Sunday, slipping further behind the pack with a three-over 75 for his third consecutive day over par. That score culminated in what would be one of his worst performances as a professional in a major tournament, per Bleacher Report:

Much was made about Woods coming back to the course where he routed the field to take the title in 2006. That emotional victory for him was a stark difference from where he finished on Sunday after barely making the cut on Friday.

The Open's official Twitter account noted the disparity between the two performances:

As for Watson, the five-time British Open winner went out with class on Sunday.

He'll get another shot next year at St. Andrews but certainly didn't rest on his laurels in the final round at Royal Liverpool. A special moment for Watson came as he was walking onto the final green at Hoylake, as The Open points out:

Watson tipped his hat to the crowd after climbing up the leaderboard 16 spots—moving ahead of Woods—by the end of his round. The four-under 68 also garnered some respect from ESPN's Bob Harig:

While Woods and Watson were two of the biggest names on the course along with Phil Mickelson, an unfamiliar player saw his name climb several spots.

Chris Wood carded a seven-under 65 to move his name into the 12th position early in the day. While he was still double-digit shots off the lead, Golf Monthly points out just how special the round was on the weekend:

Wood's round might also provide a glimpse of what's to come during the remainder of the final round on Sunday. With several contenders like Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Fowler hoping to chase down McIlroy, low rounds are clearly out there at Hoylake.

Mike Colman of News Corp Australia suggests what could be coming after Wood's round:

The top contenders are on the course now as The Open is still up for grabs. With multiple notable players already completing the final round, it's now time for two of the best youngsters to duel it out for the Claret Jug.

Will some of those early scores hold up as the best of the day? Can McIlroy maintain his six-shot lead to take his third major title? All of that and more will be answered at the iconic Royal Liverpool course on Sunday.

 

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