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McIlroy pushes lead to 6 at Hoylake

Hoylake, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Rory McIlroy eagled two of the last three holes on Saturday to extend his lead to six strokes at the Open Championship.

McIlroy, who was tied for the lead with Rickie Fowler after 12 holes, carded a 4-under 68 in round three to end 54 holes at 16-under-par 200. He will go for the third leg of the grand slam on Sunday, having already won the Masters and U.S. Open. He won both of those titles by eight strokes.

Fowler birdied three in a row from the 10th to reach 6-under for the day and 12-under for the championship. However, he played the last five holes in plus-2 as he also carded a 68 on Saturday at Royal Liverpool. Fowler stands at 10-under-par 206.

Sergio Garcia shot 3-under 69 and ended alongside Dustin Johnson (71) in third place at minus-9. Victor Dubuisson, the WGC-Match Play runner-up, carded a 68 of his own to end in fifth at 8-under 208.

Edoardo Molinari also posted a 68 to move into sixth at minus-7. World No. 1 Adam Scott posted a 3-under 69. He was joined in seventh place by Jim Furyk (71), Robert Karlsson (70), Charl Schwartzel (72) and Matteo Manassero (68) at 6-under 210.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson rallied from a tough front nine for a 1- under 71. He is tied for 34th at 1-under 215.

Tiger Woods stumbled late in the round and shot a 1-over 73 and is tied for 58th at 3-over 219.

With bad weather expected on Saturday, players went off the first and 10th tees for the first time in Open Championship history. However, that weather never materialized. Throughout the day, there was little wind and some rain, which only briefly was hard enough for players to don full rain gear.


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