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An eagle for Garcia at 10 brought him within two shots of the lead, but McIlroy followed him with a birdie to provide some breathing room. The Spaniard could have counted himself lucky to have saved par with a putt from five feet after hitting the grandstand on 12 with his second shot.
Marc Leishman made back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 to move to -11, level with Jim Furyk and one shot ahead of fellow Australian Adam Scott who picked up four shots through 14.
McIlroy saw his lead cut by two shots with bogeys at 5 and 6 to drop to -15 while Sergio Garcia’s birdies at 1, 3 and 5 saw him move to -12. Rickie Fowler failed to add to his birdie on the 2nd and stayed at -11.
Francesco Molinari made an eagle at the last to record a five-under-par round of 67. His -8 currently has him tied for 10th which would mean consecutive top-10 finishes at The Open. Shane Lowry equalled Chris Wood’s round of 65 with no bogeys, making three birdies in the last four holes.
Rory McIlroy got his final round underway with a birdie at the 1st to extend his lead to seven shots, but a birdie at the 2nd for Rickie Fowler reduced it back to six and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson picked up four shots in five holes to move to -10.
Defending Champion Phil Mickelson carded a 68 to finish the tournament at five-under-par, while Adam Scott got off to a solid start with three birdies on 2, 3 and 5 to move to -9.
England’s Chris Wood matched the course record with a bogey-free round of 65 which included four birdies on the final four holes to finish the tournament four-under-par.
Angel Cabrera moved into the top-15, making four birdies through 10 and Francesco Molinari got his round off to a steady start after yesterday’s three-over-par 75 with two birdies on the 2nd and 5th.
Two of the day’s early starters, Brendon Todd and Koumei Oda carded rounds of 67, one better than Tom Watson’s 68, to take them both to -1 for the tournament.
Angel Cabrera and Phil Mickelson, who got underway together at 11:45am, birdied 4 and 5 to go to -3, and 2009 Open Champion Stewart Cink went eagle-birdie-birdie on the final three holes to card a -3 round and finish the tournament level par.
Thomas Bjorn made his way up the leaderboard with birdies at 4, 5 and 8 to move to -2, but Germany’s Martin Kaymer fared much worse, dropping five shots in his first four holes before bogeying the 6th to drop to +7.
Jason Dufner started the back nine on the back of consecutive birdies before nearly making an albatross on 10, leaving him with a tap-in for eagle. He’s -2 for the round and even par for the tournament
The final round of The Open Championship got underway this morning with Charlie Hoffman at 8:35. There were no signs of yesterday’s torrential rain and Hoffman started his round with three birdies in the first four holes but after five dropped shots on the front nine he’s +1 for today through 15.
Five-time Open Champion Tom Watson started with a bogey at the first but made birdies at the 2nd, 5th and 7th holes to get back to +3 for the tournament through 11, while Scotland’s Jamie McLeary got back to +1 with an eagle and a birdie at 10 and 11.