British Open 2011 Leaderboard: Will Rory McIlroy Impress on Final Day of Play?

Jeff CohnCorrespondent IIIJuly 17, 2011

SANDWICH, ENGLAND - JULY 16:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a tee shot during the third round of The 140th Open Championship at Royal St George's on July 16, 2011 in Sandwich, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy has impressed all sports and golf lovers around the world time and time again. But, being nine shots away from tying for first place as a co-leader at the British Open, he personally doesn't think he can impress too many people on the final day.

He is still going to remain hopeful even though his chances of winning in Sandwich are very slim.

Rory told the press yesterday, "If the conditions are similar to what they were this morning, then it's going to be very tough...It was really tough out there this morning, and I felt for the first 13 holes, to get through those in two over was a pretty decent effort."

If he thought two over (par) was decent, then he has a long way to go in order to shoot seven under (par) on the day, assuming the leader, Darren Clarke, goes even par tomorrow.

The Northern Irishman's game play and style really isn't suited for links golf in general. Links courses require low-flying, improvised shots combined with luck on the course as well as from the weather conditions.

Rory's game is a power-driven and strong bundle of strokes, and his putting is fairly good when he can land his ball near the hole. Unluckily for the youngster, the undulated fairways and unforgiving greens at Royal St. George's have prevented him from having a chance to make momentous approach shots and putts.

McIlroy has been impressed by Darren Clarke's out of the blue and fantastic run at this British Open, though.

Rory commented, "It's fantastic...He's waited a long time to win that major and it would be great if this week was the week where he could get his first one."

Perhaps next year the young talent from Northern Ireland will have his chance of winning the Open. He needs a little bit of luck of the draw, and thankfully for him, next year's course will not be Royal St. George's.