Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler made it enjoyable but in the end this was always Rory McIlroy's tournament. If you missed anything on Sunday I live blogged the entire thing.
Here's a recap:
1:11 p.m. -- This thing is over and it was a blast. Rory McIlroy will be your 2014 British Open champion and the career slam is 72 holes away.
1:10 p.m. -- I am.
Mini fist pump for McIlroy. He knows. Augusta, you ready for the Rory show?— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) July 20, 2014
1:01 p.m. -- Sergio just keeps hitting big-time shots and it just won't be enough. He picked the wrong week (again) to play great at a major.
12:52 p.m. -- Rory just had somebody tossed on the par-5 16th after banging that drive nearly 400 yards. He's full Tiger right now.
12:51 p.m. -- This is terrific.
GMac, always classy. Says that he's envious and respectful "of the curly-haired kid." #TheOpen— Jay Coffin (@JayCoffinGC) July 20, 2014
12:45 p.m. -- Haha, 360 with your driver on No. 16 with a three-shot lead. Well done, McIlroy, well done. Enjoy the beverages from that jug.
12:42 p.m. -- A 6-iron from 244 yards for Sergio? My gosh!
12:32 p.m. -- The golf gods woke up after sleeping in. Sergio just took two shots to get out of the bunker on No. 15.
12:23 p.m. -- This sums up Sergio Garcia's day pretty nicely.
12:19 p.m. -- Whatever happens Sergio has been a monster down the stretch. Color me impressed (and glad that I picked him).
12:12 p.m. -- Hah.
There's no way that both Monty and Sergio can win a major in the same year.— Adam Sarson (@Adam_Sarson) July 20, 2014
12:08 p.m. -- Rory just yanked one ito the long stuff. Sergio is still in it. What if he steals it at the end?!
11:55 a.m. -- That Sergio shot off the grantstands reminded me of this:
11:53 a.m. -- If we can't have Tiger on Sunday at a major, Sergio is the next best thing. No matter what happens he's always entertaining.
11:37 a.m. -- McIlroy moves the lead back to three with a tap-in birdie. Sergio might need two more eagles coming in.
11:24 a.m. -- This is tremendous. Wow.
11:09 a.m. -- This is everything:
11:05 a.m. -- Why do ESPN's cameras distort colors so much when they show slo-mo shots? Rory's pink shirt looks orange.
11:00 a.m. -- Is it reading too much into it to think that having a big lead actually hurts you more than it helps you because once you start flailing you think 'there's no way this can happen, is there' and then it happens?
10:58 a.m. -- This made me laugh.
Nike shirts have adjustable collars, yes?— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) July 20, 2014
10:56 a.m. -- Rory makes two straight bogeys. The lead is three over Sergio.
10:50 a.m. -- Here's Rickie Fowler's Sunday Oklahoma State gear:
10:44 a.m. -- I badly want Sergio to get involved in this tournament.
10:38 a.m. -- Haha!
Has anyone ever lost a ball in a drop zone? #OpenChampionship— Matt Ginella (@MattGinellaGC) July 20, 2014
10:19 a.m. -- This is crazy:
Rory McIlroy would be the 1st European player in history to win 3 different prof. majors with a victory today.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) July 20, 2014
9:53 a.m. -- Rory birdies No. 1. So long, field.
9:47 a.m. -- I don't think Rory's caddie has smiled all week which is pretty awesome considering the circumstances.
9:43 a.m. -- Rory looks crazy nervous. Hits his driver 596 yards off the first.
9:36 a.m. -- Here we go..
9:20 a.m. -- Tremendous piece here in the New York Times about golfers losing their clubs when traveling. It sounds boring but it's kind of fascinating.
9:07 a.m. -- If tournaments offered a channel only showing dudes hitting on the range with Pro Tracer involved I'd watch that until the leaders teed off.
9:04 a.m. -- Here's that Tiger column by the way. Hope you enjoy my hot take.
9:03 a.m. -- Tiger would know...
Tiger on Rory: "When he gets it going, he gets it going. When it gets going bad, it gets going real bad. It's one or the other."— Mike O'Malley (@GD_MikeO) July 20, 2014
8:48 a.m. -- The hot takes on Tiger are scalding right now. He just shot 294 for the week, 24 off the pace he set in 2006. Column coming soon.
8:21 a.m. -- Hah!
"I have to go out and play the best round I can ... and hope that includes 10 birdies." --Adam Scott who is -6, 10 off Rory McIlroy's pace— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 20, 2014
8:07 a.m. -- Snakes on a course!
8:05 a.m. -- Yep, we've reached this portion of the tournament:
Tom Watson asked us what Tiger was doing today. Told a few over par he said, “Well that's not good!”— Geoff Shackelford (@GeoffShac) July 20, 2014
7:24 a.m. -- Breakfast time for me.
7:23 a.m. -- Tom Watson ends as the low Watson and low TW. That's tremendous.
7:20 a.m. -- The orange shirt and black pants look for Rickie Fowler is so much better than the all-orange thing. Eons better.
7:13 a.m. -- Can you in-game wager on Tiger not doing interviews after his round?
7:08 a.m. -- Tom Watson is 3 under on the day. That's six shots better than Tiger Woods.
6:45 a.m. -- [Wakes up, Tiger barely misses fairway and drops a monster f-bomb.] He's 21 shots back of the lead. I might go back to bed.