European Golf Tour

Garcia still 3 back at Open

Hoylake, England ( - For the first time since the back nine on Saturday, someone was within two strokes of Rory McIlroy's lead at the Open Championship.

That player was 2007 Open Championship runner-up Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard poured in a 14-foot eagle putt on the par-5 10th to jump within two of McIlroy.

McIlroy answered with a 2-putt birdie on the 10th to push his lead back to three.

Garcia had three birdies in the first five holes. He parred four in a row from the sixth before his eagle at 10 got him to 5-under for the day.

McIlroy bounced back from bogeys at five and six with birdies on nine and 10. He nearly dunked his tee shot at nine, before making an 18-foot putt. At the par-5 10th, the two-time major champion 2-putted for birdie to push his lead back to three.

Rickie Fowler is five back. He made an 8-foot birdie effort on the second and 2-putted for birdie on the 10th. The U.S. Open runner-up is alone in third place at 12-under in what is shaping up to be a three-man race in the final nine at Royal Liverpool.

Shane Lowry birdied the 18th to match the low round of the day and of the week. Lowry fired a 65 to match Chris Wood's score from earlier in the day. Lowry stands at 10-under 278 and is the leader in the clubhouse.

Wood was joined at 5-under 283 by last year's champ Phil Mickelson, who birdied the last for a 68.

Five-time winner Tom Watson fired a 68 on Sunday to end at plus-1, while three-time champion Tiger Woods struggled to a 3-over 75. He ended in 69th place at 6-over 294, which was his worst finish in a major as a professional.

07/20 11:51:15 ET