• The forecast for day three looked rather grim, prompting wholesale changes to the schedule
  • Despite the weather warning, the fans still came to the Royal Liverpool en masse
  • Rain could not stop preparations for the day's play either with the greenkeepers out making holes for the pin positions
  • Defending champion Phil Mickelson got proceedings underway while the hardy souls at Hoylake took cover
  • Germany's Martin Kaymer trudged down the fairway after teeing off from the 10th
  • Jim Furyk started the day at five under par and quickly picked up two birdies on the front nine
  • Tiger Woods also started on the 10th and managed to birdie the par five
  • Rory McIlroy started the day as leader of the pack after back-to-back rounds of 66
  • Woods hit the bunker at the par-three 15th and could only manage a bogey after making it out of the sand
  • American Rickie Fowler hit three birdies and a bogey on the front nine to move up to second on the leaderboard
  • Matt Kuchar stumbled on day three with five bogeys on the front nine
  • South African Charl Schwartzel attracting attention on day three as he ebbed and flowed with four birdies and three bogeys in his first 15 holes
  • Spaniard Sergio Garcia had to play his way out of the thicker cut with his third shot at the 10th
  • McIlroy was delighted to sink his eagle putt on the 16th green
  • Justin Rose picked up birdies on the 17th and 18th on his way to carding a three-under round of 69
  • Furyk chipped his way out of the bunker to earn par on the 18th as he finished the third day six under
  • Northern Irishman McIlroy, who takes a six-shot lead into the final day, was a happy man on his way back to the clubhouse with caddie J.P. Fitzgerald
  • Fowler is the biggest threat to McIlroy on the final day but is still six shots behind on 10 under
  • The change of schedule meant the players, and the capacity crowd on the 18th hole, were able to avoid the predicted storms

The Open - Day Three

The forecast for day three looked rather grim, prompting wholesale changes to the schedule