Rory McIlroy will go into the final round at The Open with a six stroke lead after withstanding a birdie onslaught from American Rickie Fowler.
Rory McIlroy shot a second 66 in two days to take a large lead at the halfway stage at Hoylake whilst Tiger Woods disappointed once again.
Rory McIlroy has a habit of starting fast at the majors and yet again on Thursday he came into the clubhouse with a lead.
He hasn't lifted a trophy in Europe for seven years but Justin Rose won on Sunday to set him up nicely for the big one this week.
Justin Rose has risen to a share of the lead following 54 holes of the Scottish Open
Justin Rose is the brand name tucked in nicely behind a trio of others.
Rory McIlroy shot a brilliant 64 to lead the Scottish Open after day one at Aberdeen.
Last Sunday Martin Kaymer won the US Open wire-to-wire and this week Mikko Ilonen did the same at the Irish Open.
Shooting a 64 on the first day of a tournament is never a bad thing. Alex Johnson rounds up Day One at the Irish Open