McIlroy remaining focused

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy (1/10 – Tournament Outright) insists he is feeling comfortable as he heads into the final round of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool with a six shot advantage.

The 25-year-old is well on course for a third major title of his career after rounds of 66, 66 and 68 have put the two-time Ryder Cup winner on 16-under-par.

Eagles at the 16th and 18th on Saturday helped the Northern Irishman to the biggest 54-hole advantage at the Open since Tiger Woods led by six at St Andrews in 2000.

McIlroy is not taking anything for granted though having experienced the woes of losing a big lead in a major competition before.

He blew a four-shot lead in the last 18 holes of the Masters back in 2011 where he eventually carded a round of 80 to lose what seemed like a firm grip on the trophy.

McIlroy has since gone on to claim two major tournaments in the shape of the PGA Championship and the US Open, and the overnight leader insists that he just needs to remain focused.

“I’ve been on the right side of it and I’ve been on the wrong side of it,” he said.

“You’ve just got to stay completely in the moment and that’s what I’m going to do for all 18 holes.”

American Rickie Fowler is the closest challenger on ten-under-par, and he is priced at 16/1 to win the tournament.

Compatriot Dustin Johnson is a shot further back on -9 alongside Spaniard Sergio Garcia, with Frenchman Victor Dubuisson on -8 as the trio aim to claim what would be a sensational victory.

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