British Open Round 4 in photos, stats, and tweets

Will Rory close? (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy is one major away from the career grand slam. (Getty Images)

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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. 

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.

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. 

Sergio Garcia has been impressive on Sunday at Hoylake. (Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia has been impressive on Sunday at Hoylake. (Getty Images)

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.

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.

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:

Rickie Fowler on Sunday at Hoylake. (Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler on Sunday at Hoylake. (Getty Images)

10:44 a.m. -- I badly want Sergio to get involved in this tournament. 

10:38 a.m. -- Haha!

10:19 a.m. -- This is crazy:

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...

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!

8:07 a.m. -- Snakes on a course!

8:05 a.m. -- Yep, we've reached this portion of the tournament:

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.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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