McIlroy to use same approach

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy insists he is feeling good as he prepares to start the final round of the Open at Royal Liverpool with a six-shot lead (McIlroy 8/11, Johnson 11/10 -mythical 2 balls fourth round).

The Northern Irishman produced a sublime display once again on Saturday which was epitomised by his finish.

The 25-year-old converted two eagle opportunities in the last three holes to give himself a great chance of lifting the Claret Jug on Sunday evening.

McIlroy (1/10 to win the Open) carded a four-under-par round of 68 on Saturday as he held off an inspired round from Rickie Fowler.

The American played his first 12 holes in six under par but his round was then rocked by three bogeys in four holes.

Fowler (16/1 to win the Open) remains McIlroy’s main threat with Sergio Garcia one shot behind him on nine-under. He is joined by Dustin Johnson while Frenchman Victor Dubuission is eight shots behind McIlroy.

Sunday’s round will see McIlroy come under immense pressure as he has the chance to become only the third man in the modern era to win three majors by the age of 25.

Despite the pressure, he insists he knows what he has to do.

Speaking after his round, he told BBC Sport: “I feel good, I’ve been in this position before. Hopefully I’ll handle it well. I’ll treat it like I did at Congressional (2011 US Open) and how I did at Kiawah Island (2012 US PGA Championship, his second major title).

“My game plan all week has been to take care of the par fives and I want to do that again tomorrow.”

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