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

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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

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

The Scottish Open champion finished on two under par

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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'

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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

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Adam Scott has spent a week preparing at Royal Liverpool

The Open 2014: Adam Scott seeks Claret Jug to become ‘complete’

Third-time lucky is not exactly the strongest grounds on which to base a claim for the Claret Jug. Fortunately for Adam Scott, there are far more persuasive arguments for the Australian leaving The Open Championship here with the game’s most prized possession.

Adam Scott of Australia plays an iron shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 14, 2014 in Hoylake.

The Open 2014: World number one Adam Scott hoping Royal Liverpool familiarity pays off as he looks to make up for 2012 collapse to clinch his first Claret Jug

Scott lost out to Ernie Els in 2012 but has since won the Masters and risen to the top of the rankings

Tiger Woods speaks to the media prior to the start of The Open

The Open 2014: Tiger Woods' faith in victory defies belief

Hoylake stirs touching memories for Woods but even the relief of being fully fit cannot explain his conviction that he will end  his major drought after little practice, writes Kevin Garside

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