British Open 2014: Updated Leaderboard Standings for Final Round

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJuly 20, 2014

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 4th hole during the final round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 20, 2014 in Hoylake, England.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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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:

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:

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.