Tiger Woods leads the Open by a shot on 13 under from Chris DiMarco, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els after the third round at Royal Liverpool.
Tiger Woods edged ahead with a birdie on the last
Woods shot a one-under par 71 to hold off Garcia who fired a stunning 65 and DiMarco who had a strong back nine.
Ernie Els kept in touch with a birdie at the last and edged ahead of Jim Furyk and Angel Cabrera who finished on 11 under after posting scores of 66.
Greg Owen is the leading Englishman on eight under after recording a 68.
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By Alistair Magowan & Mark Orlovac
1833: Tiger Woods: "I hit the ball beautufully today but I did not putt well. On the positive side I still maintain the lead."
1825: Woods follows suit. His birdie gives him a one-shot lead on 13 under. Els, Garcia and DiMarco are a shot further back on 12 under.
1824: Els birdies the last for a one-under-par 71. He's 12 under for the Championship.
1822: Els runs the ball agonisingly close to the hole with his chip. If he nailed that, he would have lead the Open.
1820: Woods and Els soak up the recption as they walk up the 18th. BBC Commentator Sam Torrance: "It gives you goosebumps on your arms walking up the last."
1819: Goosen's birdie at the last takes him to eight under for the Championship.
1818: Woods and Els both reach the edge of the green with their second shots.
1814: Chris DiMarco joins Sergio Garcia as the clubhouse leader after carding a 69.
1809: Woods misses it. Woods, Garcia and DiMarco tied for the lead again on 12 under. BBC golf commentator Sam Torrance: "The 18th is a birdie hole."
1806: Woods' putt from off the green is described as "woeful". Could drop a shot here whilst Els taps in for par.
1805: Adam Scott finishes with a five for a 70, Miguel Angel Jimenez cards a 76. His back nine was worth 40 shots.
1804: BBC Sport golf commentator Sam Torrance: "I think something upset him as he took that shot. I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of Ernie."
1802: Woods' chances of birdieing the 17th slip away as his approach runs through the green and sits on the fringes of the green. Els lands his shot next to the pin and watches as his ball falls to the left. Looks like pars at best for the pair.
1755: Woods nails it and leads by one shot on 13 under.
1752: Woods has a six-footer to take the lead on 16. Els drains his putt for birdie to go back to 11 under.
1746: Chris DiMarco joins the lead with a birdie on 16th. He, Garcia and Woods are all tied for the lead on 12 under.
1744: Adam Scott misses a birdie putt on the 17th and stays on nine under. BBC golf commentator Sam Torrance: "It's going to be a great day tomorrow whatever happens."
1741: BBC Sport golf commentator Ken Brown: "I tell you what I think Tiger's going to give one a bit of oompah on the 16th." But Woods takes out the three wood as he watches Els give it bucket-loads with his driver.
1738: Pars for Els and Woods on the 15th. No change. Par-five up next though...
1736: Jim Furyk on playing with Sergio Garcia: "I think we really fed off each other. It was a good round for both of us." It's the first time Furyk has made the cut at the Open in five years.
1732: Woods bogeys the 14th and ties for the lead with Garcia on 12 under.
1730: Els recovers again from a tricky position to save par on 14. His mixed approach play has made the South African call upon the best of his short game.
1728: Talk in the BBC commentary box goes from nature to naturism. The boys are letting their thoughts run away with them as an excellent day's golf comes to conclusion.
1725: Chris DiMarco pars the 15th to stay in touch. He's got three holes and two shots between him and the overnight lead.
1721: Robert Rock birdies the 16th to go back to one over for the day. He's five under overall and still cutting a dash looking like Barbie's boyfriend.
1717: A hole ahead Retief Goosen birdies the 14th to spring back to eight under. Els misses his par putt and slips back to ten under. The South African is one over for the day.
1713: From a very tricky lie, Els chips onto the green on 13 to give himself a chance of par. Woods taps in for par.
1705: Woods and Els both face tricky par putts at the 12th but to their obvious relief, both attempts fall in.
1700: Hold on, DiMarco has a hat-trick of birdies thanks to a superb tee shot at the 13th. He is on the march now.
1658: DiMarco looks like he has got his game back together again and claims birdies 11 and 12 to move back to 10 under, just three strokes behind Woods.
1653: Woods responds immediately to Garcia's move and claims the outright lead again with a birdie at 11. He has birdied this hole every day so far.
1648: Garcia birdies the last for a superb 65 and is the clubhouse leader on 12 under. Furyk putts out for par and his 66, which places him on 11 under, has put him right back in the mix.
1641: Els putts for par on the 10th and makes way for Woods fully expecting the American to extend his lead with a birdie. You can take nothing for granted in this game though and Woods rolls the balls wide which is met by groans from the gallery.
1638: Garcia and Furyk near the 18th green and both receive a warm welcome after two impressive rounds which have propelled them up the leaderboard.
1627: After a brief lull it is raining birdies again. Els gains a shot on the ninth to move to within a stroke of Woods while Furyk makes it a foursome on 11 under thanks to a birdie at 17, his second in a row.
1619: Cabrera sinks the putt and he now joins Garcia on 11 under.
1615: We welcome Argentina's Angel Cabrera to the party. Currently on nine under, he's got a great chance for an eagle on 16.
1605: Bogey five for Tiger on the seventh. He drops back to 12 under. Els nails a great up and down to only bogey the hole. An excellent save.
1602: A nightmare shot for Els but he plays it well despite having one leg in the bunker and one out. He'll putt for a bogey.
1601: Ernie Els lands his ball in the same greenside bunker as Woods on the seventh.
1555: Japan's Hideto Tanihara is the new clubhouse leader on ten under. He carded a 66 to follow his first and second round scores of 72 and 68 respectively.
1553: BBC golf commentator Andrew Cotter: "Only on Merseyside (would you hear), 'Go on Ernie lad.'"
1551: Reminiscent of the famous chip at Augusta in last year's Masters, Woods manages to leave the ball balancing on the lip of the sixth hole before it drops in.
He takes birdie and a two-shot lead. Els pars the hole.
1547: Jim Furyk drops a shot on the 14th to slip back to nine under.
1545: On the par-three sixth Tiger hits a peach to give himself a great birdie chance. He hit the shot at 139 mph and landed it on a plate. Genius.
1544: Miguel Angel Jimenez double bogeys the seventh to slip to five under par.
1542: Els pars the fifth. Meanwhile Retief Goosen lands his third consecutive bogey and slips to six under, tied 17th for the Championship.
1540: Garcia shouts "get left" to his second on the 14th and lands a beauty 10 feet from the flag.
1539: Woods takes the lead with a birdie on the fifth. He's 12 under par and evens for the round again.
1537: England's Anthony Wall bogeys the last to finish with a 71, five under par for the Championship.
1532: England's Greg Owen finishes an excellent round with a birdie to finish on eight under. He's now the joint clubhouse leader with Andres Romero.
1531: Jim Furyk puts his dropped shot on the 12th behind him with a good save for par on the 13th. Still winning the shirt of the day contest with a nice stripey red number.
1527: Some of the contenders can smell blood. Mark Calcavecchia birdies the 11th and the former Open champion is well in the hunt at nine under.
1524: On the fifth, Els hits his ball at 170 mph, Tiger's still playing safe and follows up with an iron.
1521: Garcia saves par at the 11th while Furyk drops a shot to go back to ten under.
1519: Japan's Hideto Tanihara joins the party by birdieing the 16th to go to nine under.
1517: Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez birdies the fifth to go to eight under.
1512: Some respite. Pars for Ernie and Tiger on the third. Still a four-way tie at the top. BBC Sport commentator Mark James: "We haven't had a birdie for all of...two minutes, what's going on?"
1508: It's times like this when you wish you concentrated more in IT class. The action is frantic and the keyboard is beginning to melt!
1506: Jim Furyk birdies the 11th to join Garcia, Woods and Els at the top. Garcia misses his chance to take the overall lead when he leaves his putt short.
1501: Furyk birdies the 10th to stay in touch. He's on 10 under with Chris DiMarco.
1459: Tiger drops a shot on the second while Ernie birdies the hole. They're joined by Garcia on 11 under for a three-way tie for the lead.
1456: South Africa's Retief Goosen gets his round underway with a birdie on three. He's ten under now.
1454: Chris DiMarco birdies the third to join Ernie Els on ten under.
1451: England's Anthony Wall likes the 16th, he makes his second eagle of the week there to climb to six under.
1442: The leaderboard changes at the top. Sergio Garcia birdies the ninth to go through the front nine in just 29 shots.
He overtakes Ernie Els who drops to ten under after bogeying the first. Woods pars the first safely. So it's Tiger 12 under, Garcia 11 under and Ernie 10 under. Game on.
1441: Tiger's on his knees and it's only the first hole. His birdie putt slips past the hole.
1439: Ernie Els recovers well from the bunker to give himself a chance of saving par on the first.
1434: Another birdie for Sergio Garcia. He's on ten under now, just two behind Woods. There's hope for Europe yet!
1430: We're off - it's showtime. Ernie's drive flirts with the rough on the left. Tiger's opts for safety and uses an iron off the tee.
1426: Tiger Woods and Ernie Els stride to the first tee to exultant cheers. BBC Sport commentator Peter Alliss: "Tiger's looking very purposeful, looking neither left nor right."
1420: Forgive us for sounding like the Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia show but the pair both birdie the seventh to join Chris DiMarco on nine under. A hot pairing, you could say.
1414: England's Lee Slattery finishes with a birdie on the 18th to record a 71. He's four under for the Championship.
1408: Jim Furyk birdies the sixth to move to eight under. He's joined by fellow compatriot Mark Calcavecchia who birdies the fifth.
1403: Jim Furyk, a man for whom the invention of baseball caps couldn't come soon enough, continues his good form with another good tee shot on the par-three sixth.
1359: Plenty of talk in the BBC commentary box about how the weather will pan out later. Storms are expected.
1357: Khan's round makes him the joint clubhouse leader with Scott Verplank.
1354: England's Simon Khan birdies the last to card a 68 and move to six under par for the Championship. A steady, solid round, something playing partner Paul Casey could only wish for. He went round in 79 shots.
1352: Greg Owen is giving playing partner Phil Mickelson a real lesson in golf today. The Englishman birdies the 11th and moves to seven under.
1348: Another birdie on 11 for Andres Romero takes him to eight under alongside Retief Goosen.
1347: On the fifth Sergio Garcia laces his drive at 178 mph carrying the ball 286 yards. Playing partner Jim Furyk speeds his drive at 165 mph and carries his ball 260 yards.
1343: Ernie Els joins Tiger out on the practice range. BBC Sport commentator Peter Alliss: "Ernie's sniffing the air and pawing the ground."
1340: Argentina's Andres Romero birdies the 10th to move to seven under alongside Sergio Garcia. The pair are tied fifth with three others.
1335: How many players get clapped onto the practice range? Tiger does. And with it the Open leader begins slowly to pepper the 50 yard marker with his wedge.
1333: Greg Owen drills a great second shot to the 10th for an eagle chance. His playing partner Phil Mickelson is having a hard time of it. He found the rough off the tee after registering his third consecutive bogey on nine.
1326: Sweden's Carl Pettersson holes a bunker shot for eagle on the fifth. He joins the pack on five under.
1322: Tiger's out on the practice green amongst caddie Steve Williams and coach Hank Haney with a bumper gathering looking on.
1317: Big Phil isn't looking too hot. He follows his bogey on seven with another on eight. He's two under now, ten behind Tiger Woods. Too early to say it's all over this year for Mickelson?
1314: On the second hole Sergio Garcia hits his second shot straight in and moves to seven under with an eagle. Amazing. He celebrates with an apple and some lucky punter gets his ball as he throws it into the crowd.
1309: Paul Casey's woes continue as he (what's the best verb to use here?) marks a seven on the 14th. Poor old Case. He drops to the bottom of the leaderboard.
1306: US Open champion Greg Ogilvy makes an encouraging start with a birdie on the third hole. He joins a hefty pack on five under.
1258: Spain's Sergio Garcia decides to drive from the tee and finds the rough on the right of the fairway, having tied for the lead in fairways hit over the first two days. The wind seems to be picking up a tad.
1252: Clubhouse leader Scott Verplank: "I hope it will get a bit blustery this afternoon so I'm in the middle of things."
1251: America's Hunter Mahan taps in for a birdie on the 18th for a 68. He finishes the day on five under.
1248: England's Robert Rock (a Ken lookalike anyone? - as in Barbie and Ken, not Ken Brown) looks relaxed on the practice range as he chats with Dougie Donnelly. He tees off at 1400 BST.
1245: Greg Owen looks comfortable as he drills a solid iron into the par-three sixth green. For all you stats fans Phil Mickelson follows up with a equally nice shot that leaves his club at 132 mph and carries 184 yards. Technology these days eh?
1239: Scott Verplank three putts on the 18th for par. He'll mark a 67 on his card and finishes his third round on five under, tied eighth for the Championship.
1236: BBC Sport reporter Dougie Donnelly is joined by England cricket captain Michael Vaughan on the practice range. Cricket fans can breathe easy, he's not swinging his clubs, just hobbling around on crutches and working up quite a sweat by the looks of it.
1232: Korea's SK Ho follows up his eagle on the fifth with a birdie on the 10th. He joins Scott Verplank on six under.
1227: Tim Clark records his second consecutive birdie on the seventh. The short South African moves to five under.
1221: Scott Verplank drops his first shot of the day on 17 to drop back to six under.
1220: BBC commentator Ken Brown has found a new vocation reporting from one of the many scoreboards out on the course.
BBC Sport commentator Mark James: "Quick lock him in there!"
1211: American Scott Verplank is on fire. Another birdie at the 16th moves him to seven under par. He's currently tied fifth for the Championship.
1208: Paul Casey takes an eight on the 10th to follow up his seven there yesterday. He drops back to two over par.
1154: Michael Campbell shows his frustration as he finds a bunker on the fourth. Jose Maria Olazabal follows suit and drops his shot into the same bunker.
1144: Korea's Sk Ho slots home an eagle on the fifth to move to five under. That makes 18 eagles for the week on the par-five hole.
1140: Phil Mickelson obviously has some of his home-grown fans for comfort as he tees off on the first. "Get in the hole," someone drawls as he powers a drive down the fairway.
1134: English youngster Lee Slattery chips in from off the fifth green for a beautiful eagle. He moves to five under.
1130: England's Greg Owen suffers a scare with back trouble on the practice range but declares himself fit to tee off with Phil Mickelson.
BBC Sport reporter Dougie Donnelly: "Greg's taken some pain killers and hopefully he'll get round 18 holes okay."
1127: Australia's John Senden hits the second ace of the Championship on the 13th.
BBC Sport commentator Peter Alliss: "It's always nice to walk all that way and find your ball in the hole."
1125: England's Andrew Marshall is the first to complete his third round with a very tidy 68 to finish the day on five under.
1122: Michael Campbell does his best impression of an amateur at the first missing the fairway for his first two shots, but then switches to pro mode and saves par.
1120: Sweden's Henrik Stenson is warming up very nicely on four under for the day after ten holes, he's five over for the Championship.
1114: Five-time Open champion Tom Watson rolls back the years by notching his third birdie in a row to move to three under par.
1105: The early starters are enjoying the morning's inviting conditions. Scott Verplank's day gets even better when he sinks a birdie from close range to move to six under after 11 holes.
However, England's Paul Casey is two over for the day after four.
1035: Andrew Marshall's time on the leaderboard is over all too quickly as he drops shots at the 12th and 14th. America's Scott Verplank replaces him
1015: Andrew Marshall is obviously enjoying his round. He hits consecutive birdies at the 10th and 11th and is now five under - and tied for ninth place. Luke Donald, however, bogeys his first to fall back to one under.
0955: Luke Donald, who resumes on two under, will hope his putter is working better today after struggling with it on Friday. Andrew Marshall, meanwhile, is racing through his round and reaches the turn on three under, two under for the day.
0930: Andrew Marshall, dressed in black with a pink baseball cap, seems to be enjoying his solo round. He has moved to three under after two successive birdies.
0845: Italy's Edoardo Molinari begins his quest for the Silver Medal for the leading amateur with two pars to stay on one under - one behind Norway's Marius Thorp.
0820: Andrew Marshall, who only scraped into the weekend action as the 71st player late on Friday night, gets the third round going at Hoylake.
The weather is sunny once again and, most importantly, there's no rain. However, there is a chance of scattered showers this afternoon, and even the possibility of some thunderstorms, while the wind is expected to increase when the leaders take to the course.