Today’s Round 3 golf action at the 2014 British Open has a start time schedule at 4:00 am eastern time on TV channel ESPN, and continues all day long through 3:00pm for a total of eleven hours of live television coverage, followed by another three hours of taped coverage.
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The 2014 British Open is often a struggle between golfer and nature, with only a handful of experienced professionals able to overcome the larger forces at play.The wind comes and goes in a frenzy in Hoylake, England, creating difficult shots for many players.Rory McIlroy hasn't found it too difficult, as he is 12-under after two rounds. He's also overcome his tendency to fall into dangerous patterns, as he posted a second-round 66 after struggling on the second day of various tournaments in 2014, per ESPN Stats & Info
The top of the British Open leaderboard features some intriguing names heading into Round 3 of the 2014 major golf championship schedule at Liverpool Golf Course. Rory McIlroy tops the leaderboard all by himself, standing at twelve under with a four shot lead. McIlroy managed to overcome inner demons and avoid his frequent pattern in which he’s followed up a strong first round with a poor second round, instead shooting another round of 69 yesterday to increase his lead atop the British Open leaderboard. Due to time zone differences, the golf coverage will begin airing on live TV in the United States at an odd start time.
While Rory McIlroy is alone atop the British Open leaderboard heading into Round 2, a handful of other players are still in contention. Dustin Johnson is four strokes back at eight under, while six players are six shots back at six under: Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Rickey Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, and Louis Oosthuizen. At five under are George Coetzee, Jim Furyk, and Marc Warren.
Phil Mickelson is at even par after following up his opening round 74 with a second round of 70. Tiger Woods, who was hoping to use the 2014 British Open as the centerpiece of his comeback trail, shot a 77 in his second round and just barely made the cut, now standing at two over, fourteen shots behind Rory McIlroy, at the very bottom of what’s left of the British Open leaderboard. He’ll get to keep playing in Round 3 today, but would one of the best rounds of his life to find himself in even remotely close contention heading into Round 4 on Sunday.
13.15 McIlroy's iron shot at nine is terrible, straight into the rough on the left and, by the looks of it, underneath a BBC buggy. And Johnson's is equally dreadful as it clatters into spectators on the other side.
13.13 Garcia joins Fowler at -9 with a birdie at nine. The Spaniard is flying at his 61st Major. Fowler pars.
13.07 Johnson's bunker shot lands about three feet in front of the hole but then rolls about six feet beyond. Not bad. Elsewhere, Dubuisson has a birdie chance at 11 to go -8... but it misses by a foot. Par for France's No 1. Rory misses his chance for birdie to stay at -12. Now back to Johnson... and he's missed, that's a bogey. Johnson now -7 and +1 for the round.
13.05 Meanwhile, one hole ahead, and Garcia has produced yet another cracker, his iron tee shot landing about three feet from the hole. Another sensational chance for a birdie. What can Fowler do? It's aggressive, but clips the edge of the green and goes off the bank. A tricky little chip shot left for the American.
13.03 Staying at eight, Johnson finds the green-side bunker, while McIlroy and Molinari both plonk their irons on the green.
13.00 Johnson finds the thick stuff with a his first shot at eight. Rory's eyes light up for a fraction of a second. Garcia, meanwhile, gets a huge round of applause as he moves to -8 with a birdie. Courtesy of the BBC, here's your leaderboard...
12.55 Garcia has just played one of the shots of the round on eight to land his ball a foot from the hole. Meanwhile, Rory claims par at seven - a great save that - and remains at -12.
12.51 McIlroy and Johnson's shots at the seventh both land about 15 feet from the pin. Elsewhere, Oosthuizen bags back-to-back birdies to go -6.
12.50 Fowler with a 12-footer for par at seven... no good, shot gone, back to -9.
12.49 McIlroy's lie doesn't look too healthy at all, it looks like it might have to be a hack out and start again. Which it is. No risk golf there for R Mac. Johnson does likewise from the other side.
12.46 Sergio at seven with a magnificent chip off the edge of the green that rolls to within a millimetre of the hole. So unlucky!
12.45 Rory with driver at seven and he's nearly killed somebody! That ball landed about a foot from a poor unsuspecting spectator's head. McIlroy's ball nestles into the rough and it'll be nasty getting up and down from there. Johnson also drives off and he goes the other side and into the rough.
12.40 Schwartzel is making the odd stride but the other two South Africans in his threesome are struggling to shift through the gears - Coetzee is one over through six, Oosthuizen is two over through six.
12.35 Chip shop for McIlroy to within four feet at six. He'll now have a putt for par. Can Johnson sink his 15 footer for birdie? Nope! It's slides left but he'll have a simple putt for par too. And F Molinari sinks a 12-footer for par to remain -3.
12.34 Schwartzel drops a shot at seven and moves to -8. Here's a quick snapshot of the chasing pack...
12.28 There's a rather subdued atmosphere around Hoylake at the moment - although that may because you can't clap when holding a brolly. The clouds are looking very ominous but conditions are ideal for high-scoring golf - very little wind and the rain isn't that heavy either. The air feels heavy, though, and it looks like it is affecting club selection.
12.25 Garcia with a beautiful chip onto the green at six which should mean he claims par. Johnson has a chance for birdie to close to within one of McIlroy but he pushes it right. Now, can Rory claim birdie at five? Yes, yes, yes! The Irishman moves to -12 and Fowler, one hole ahead, moves to -10.
12.20 Dubuisson with an approach shot at eight... and it's a beauty, landing to within 10 feet of the pin. Yet another birdie opportunity for the Frenchman.
12.17 Fowler has another chance for birdie at six as he drops his tee shot to within seven feet of the pin. Garcia, though, fails to find the green as his ball pitches just short of the crest and rolls back.
12.15 Of the top dozen players, only Rory is over par. Fowler sinks a birdie at five to go to -9. The chasing pack are really finding their form, but what about that weather? It's behaving itself for now but lightning storms are still a possibility later. Not that anyone is going to want to come in at the moment. Anyone remember this classic scene from Caddy Shack?
12.10 Schwartzel sinks a long birdie to climb to -8 and Clarke has now claimed birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie. Go Darren!
12.07 Ryder Cup banker Dubuisson is in sensational form, setting up another another birdie chance at seven. McIlroy makes par at four to stay two clear of the field.
12.01 Karlsson downs one from four feet at five to move to -6, however, Manassero lets one go at seven to drop to -3. Elsewhere, Johnson has a long-range birdie attempt at four but he leaves it just right.
11.55 The way things are looking at the moment, if you don't break 70 you will be moving backwards as birdies drop left, right and centre. Here's another leaderboard update...
11.53 Another birdie for Dubuisson at six, he's now six under and five off the lead. Scotland's Marc Warren is also six under after another birdie at five, while Fowler and Garcia miss makeable birdies on four.
11.49 The newly buff Darren Clarke gets his third birdie in a row to climb to -3.
11.45 Woods at 13 and it's a beauty, his tee-shot landing to within 10 feet. Elsewhere, McIlroy claims par at the third to stay at -11. F Molinari's horror start continues as he goes five, five five, bogey, bogey, bogey and drops back to -3. Johnson, like Rory, also pars to remain -9.
11.44 We have come off the red weather warning and are now on amber. It's raining a bit heavier now but we are told the next thunderstorms won't hit until about 2 o'clock this afternoon. In the mean time, here's your leaderboard, courtesy of the Beeb...
11.41 Speaking of the leaders, McIlroy has a 12-foot putt for birdie at three. Molinari, meanwhile has yet to hit a green in regulation - and is still waiting - while Johnson fails to find the green, his iron falling about a metre short.
11.40 Jimmy Walker climbs to -7, three under for the day. All this attention on the leaders but those behind are closing in. There are birdies galore to be found out there.
11.37 Woods is on form today. He's stated his round birdie, birdie and has just set up another opportunity at 12.
11.35 Fowler misses his birdie opportunity on three and stays at -9. And Garcia too misses, but only just - the ball lipping out.
11.32 McIlroy's putt for birdie at two is dreadful... it races past the pin to about 10 feet. He's in real danger of dropping another shot! Johnson meanwhile, rolls up to a foot and then takes a quick putt for par. We stay on two as Rory lines up his par putt... this is crucial. It looks good... and he's got it! Great save by McIlroy and he retains his two-shot lead.
11.30 Good birdie opportunity for Garcia at three as he chips onto the green and it lands within eight feet. Fowler, too, uses his eight iron to perfection and lands almost on Garcia's ball.
11.28 Tiger at 11 and he sinks a monster to claim another birdie. That's back to back birdies now and he's level par.
11.24 Robert Karlsson climbs to -5 - he's another man making a move in the right direction. Nasty lie for F Molinari at two and his second shot is back into the rough stuff. Hs's going to struggle to get up and down there. Johnson, meanwhile, finds the green, although he's a bit away from the pin, and McIlroy's is only 'ok' too. It seems to be 'if in doubt, aim for the middle'.
11.21 F Molinari needs to get his head in gear as he shanks another tee-shot. Can Rory do any better? Yes he can! Straight down the middle off the second tee, as is Johnson. Meanwhile, on the second green, Garcia sinks a birdie and he's back to wear he started at -6.
09.00 Morning all. History will be made at the Open today with a first-ever two-tee start and Rory McIlroy looking to cement his bid to secure the third leg of a career grand slam.
An amber weather warning is in place which has prompted organisers the R&A to take the unprecedented step of splitting the field in two and setting them off at the same time.
McIlroy holds a four-stroke lead over American Dustin Johnson after a second successive 66 elevated him to 12 under par.
If he can replicate over the final two days anything close to the form he has shown over the first couple he will not only be three-quarters of the way to a personal landmark he will become the third player after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to win three majors by the age of 25.
The Northern Irishman, who has already won the US Open and US PGA, put any fears about his 'Freaky Fridays' to bed in impressive style.
"I just feel like I have an inner peace on the golf course. I'm very comfortable in this position, doing what I'm doing right now," he said.
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