HOYLAKE, England – Six shots ahead at this Open Championship, Rory McIlroy has now captured the 54-hole Grand Slam.
McIlroy has led all four majors at the three-quarter mark, which gives the 25-year-old a unique perspective.
He knows better than most that a major final round can go either way.
McIlroy’s first 54-hole lead came at the 2011 Masters, where he coughed up a four-shot lead during a final-round 80.
Two months later, he carried an eight-shot lead into the final round at Congressional, and his Sunday 69 was enough to win by the same margin.
At the 2012 PGA, he led by three shots after 54 holes and extended it to eight after a final-round 66.
“I know how leads can go very quickly,” he said. “I’m not taking anything for granted. A lot can happen. I’ve been on the right side of it, and I’ve been on the wrong side of it.
“That’s why you just can’t let yourself think forward. You can’t let yourself think about winning or whatever it is. You’ve just got to completely stay in the moment and stay in the present, and that’s what I’m going to try to do for all 18 holes tomorrow.”