The final round of the 2014 British Open is officially underway, and things have become a bit closer atop the leaderboard.
Rory McIlroy entered the day with a six-stroke advantage over the rest of the field; however, after a start that included two bogeys in his first six holes and some fine play from Sergio Garcia, his lead has now dwindled to three.
Here's a look at the tournament's current leaderboard:
Scoring conditions have been relatively favorable so far on Sunday, as the rain has completely subsided and winds—although present—haven't been quite as blustery.
That weather proved favorable early in the day for golf legend Tom Watson. At 64 years of age, he posted a four-under 68 to end his 37th Open Championship:
Defending champion Phil Mickelson posted a round of 68 as well, ending his tournament on a high note after struggling early in Hoylake.
The same couldn't be said for Tiger Woods, who came away with a three-over 75 on Sunday, finishing his British Open at six-over par in his worst post-cut major performance ever, according to ESPN Stats and Info:
Tiger Woods: currently 69th place; will be worst post-cut finish in major as pro (previous worst: T-40th at '13 PGA Champ. & '12 Masters)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 20, 2014
Here's a look at Woods' post-round comments, courtesy of ESPN Golf:
As for the players still on the course, McIlroy looks in control despite some early-round hiccups.
Here's a look at a brilliant 20-foot birdie putt that got his round off to a fine start:
McIlroy did follow that up with two bogeys but was able to right the ship just before making the turn by posting another birdie on the par-three ninth. He continued his momentum into the back nine, tapping in for a birdie on the par-five 10th.
Garcia has been phenomenal so far on Sunday. A blemish-free front nine featuring three birdies quickly put him into position to make a legitimate run at McIlroy. Rickie Fowler had a fine front nine as well, recording one birdie and eight pars for a one-under 34.
Nevertheless, both players still have some work to do to catch the leader, and Shane Bacon of Yahoo Sports tweeted how they could:
Three par-5s on the back nine at Hoylake and Rickie or Sergio need to play them like Rory did yesterday.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) July 20, 2014
Well, Garcia certainly took that into consideration, as a fantastic approach and flawless putt earned him an eagle on the par-five 10th.
PGA Tour kept up on the action:
Also in the mix is the surprising Robert Karlsson.
The Swede has lit it up over the first 11 holes of his final round. His lone blemish came by way of a bogey on the par-four eighth, but he accompanied that with two birdies and two eagles to sit at five under for the day and 11 under for the tournament.
The 2014 British Open hasn't nearly been decided just yet. With so many talented players near the top of the leaderboard, we can expect plenty of fireworks before the final shot is struck at Royal Liverpool.