Lost in thought: Darren Clarke, who carded a 67 to take him to joint 12th, weighs up his options during the third round

The Open 2014: Darren Clarke feels momentum returning

Fitter and slimmer than he has been for a long time, the Northern Irishman moved up the leaderboard with a 67

Rory McIlroy praised the decision to have a two-tee start time for the third round of the Open

The Open 2014: Rory McIlroy praises 'great decision' made by the R&A after they implement two-tee start time to avoid heavy thunderstorms

McIlroy flourished on day three at Royal Liverpool to take a six shot lead ino the final round

Bob Torrance (L) with his son Sam (R)

Bob Torrance dead: Golf coach and father of Ryder Cup winning captain Sam Torrance has died, aged 82

The 2002 Ryder Cup captain confirmed his father, who helped lead Padraig Harrington to two Open Championship titles, had died peacefully in his sleep

Rory McIlroy delights the packed stands with a scintillating second shot at the 18th

The Open 2014 leaderboard: Rory McIlroy soars ahead on the wings of eagles

Northern Irishman takes six-stroke lead into today’s final round after threes at the 16th and 18th snuff out dogged challenge of Fowler, writes Kevin Garside at Royal Liverpool

Justin Rose brings in the harvest as he plays out of the rough at the seventh yesterday

The Open 2014: Justin Rose leads English challenge in bitter battle with the elements

The Scottish Open champion finished on two under par

Caroline Wozniacki shared a photo of herself in high heels on Instagram

The Open Diary: Caroline Wozniacki puts on her high heels and takes veiled dig at ex Rory McIlroy

He may have enjoyed the adulation of thousands at Hoylake, but it didn’t go all to plan for Rory McIlroy, after his ex, Caroline Wozniacki, gave him a thinly veiled ribbing over his height issue.

George Coetzee is hoping for some Liverpool season tickets if he wins The Open

The Open 2014: Liverpool supporter George Coetzee’s birthday surprise

Title contender hoping for 'a couple of season tickets' to Anfield if he wins the tournament

Tiger Woods found the rough on the 10th hole in a five over par second round

The Open 2014: Rough day for Tiger Woods who gets trapped in the Hoylake jungle

Former world No 1 all over the place en route to a dismal round of five-over-par 77

Ian Poulter plays from the 1st tee during his first round at Royal Liverpool yesterday

The Open 2014: Ian Poulter plays down wrist injury, claiming 'I can block it out of my mind'

Englishman begins his second round this afternoon

Tiger Woods goes searching for his ball in the rough after a stray drive on the first hole of the day

The Open 2014 leaderboard: Rory McIlroy banishes Friday fears and leaves the rest desperate to catch up

Northern Irishman's fears were unfounded in Liverpool

NBC's Golf Channel analyst Roger Maltbie

The Open Diary: Stolen golf buggies bring a whole new meaning to the term 'errant drive'

The golf buggy incident at Hoylake on Wednesday was the second such instance in consecutive majors, proving it wasn't just a local problem.

Tiger Woods lines up a putt at Royal Liverpool yesterday

The Open 2014: Tiger Woods roars back into the picture after photo nuisance

American frustrated by snap-happy fans during his round of three-under-par 69
Ashley Chesters’ two-under 70 left him trailing only Rory McIlroy as best from the UK

The Open 2014: Amateur Ashley Chesters keeps the British flag flying

Ashley Chesters, a 24-year-old amateur from Shropshire, took up the UK challenge after Rory McIlroy, eclipsing a cluster of players with far bigger reputations.

Erik Compton consults his caddie over a shot in his first round

The Open 2014: Bogeys blight Erik Compton but 'it's better than any day I've had in hospital'

'I'm just a regular guy who has been through some serious stuff with my heart transplants,' says the Norwegian-American
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the gallery during the first round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 17, 2014 in Hoylake, England.

The Open 2014 leaderboard: Rory McIlroy wary of another Friday meltdown after masterly display

McIlroy holds a one-shot lead after day one

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