The best pictures from the third round of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, where Rory McIlroy boasts a six-shot lead

Rory McIlroy leads the Open Championship by six shots after carding a third-round 68 at Royal Liverpool.

McIlroy eagled both the 16th and 18th to open up a substantial gap over Rickie Fowler, who matched the Ulsterman’s score despite being six-under-par after 12 holes.

Dustin Johnson is on nine-under-par alongside Sergio Garcia – a man who spoke with an air of resignation about his chances following McIlroy’s sensational finish.

A six-strong group – including Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel – sits on six-under-par, 10 shots off the lead.

Conditions were perfect for scoring, despite the R&A introducing 3-balls and a 2-tee start for the first time in Open Championship history in an effort to counter lightning and storms that were supposed to hit Royal Liverpool.

Fortunately, those didn’t arrive until the leaders had finished their final round.

McIlroy is looking to win his third major championship at the age of 25 following victories in the  2011 US Open and 2012 PGA Championship.