Watching his lead melt away at the
Instead, he shifted into overdrive.
McIlroy recorded a birdie and two eagles in his final five holes to finish Saturday's third round at 16-under 200, taking a six-stroke cushion into the last day at Royal Liverpool.
His impressive closing stretch kept him well ahead of
"I felt Rickie close to me. I was able to turn it on when I needed to," the golfer from Northern Ireland said. "Now, it's about trying to control yourself, control your emotions, go out and play a good, solid round of golf."
McIlroy entered Saturday's play with a four-stroke lead that evaporated as Fowler made seven birdies on the first 12 holes. But then McIlroy got hot and Fowler suffered three bogeys to finish at 10 under.
McIlroy's six-shot lead is the biggest at the Open since