On Saturday at the British Open, Rory McIlroy's four-shot lead was dwindling. Rickie Fowler was making a push on a scoring-friendly day at Royal Liverpool and was within a shot of the lead when Rory got to the par-5 16th.
Royal Liverpool is unique in the way it ends, with two par 5s over the final three holes, giving players a great shot at improving their card with some birdies and eagles.
McIlroy was just 1-under on his round and in desperate need of something good to happen when he found the green on the 16th. Rory rolled in the lengthy eagle putt to extend his lead, but he wasn't done.
Despite a dropped shot on the 17th, Rory pounded a drive 331 yards on No. 18 and had a 4-iron into the final green. He hit a beautiful shot right at the flag, landing it just on the green and saw it release to the hole to give him a great shot at second eagle in his closing three holes.
McIlroy knocked that putt in the heart of the hole to close with an eagle and a third-round 68, extending his lead to six shots and putting himself in a great position to win a third major championship at the age of 25.
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