Rory McIlroy
Irishman Rory McIlroy aims to win at the British Open.Reuters

Rory McIlroy did not disappoint with his second round performance on Friday as he strengthened his position at the top of the leaderboard at the British Open.

He lapped up his second straight six under par 66 and kept a 4-stroke advantage over Dustin Johnson.

"I don't know if I can describe it. It's just like I have an inner peace on the golf course. ... I'm very comfortable in this posititon. I'm very comfortable doing what I'm doing right now. I wish I could get into it more often." said McIlroy on his thoughts of playing the second round at the Open.

Round 3 promises to be eventful with light showers expected throughout the day and Hoylake said to be living up to its expectations of playing host to erratic weather conditions.

When quizzed about what his thoughts on the issue of weather were, McIlroy said: "I feel like I'm ready for whatever conditions come because I've practiced the last few weeks in links-type conditions. And in a way, having that four-shot lead isn't a bad thing because it makes it tougher for the guys to catch you. Whatever the weather is tomorrow I won't mind."

The tournament seems to be going terribly wrong for Tiger Woods who started the day tied at 10th place with a 3-under-par but finished off on Friday with a disappointing 2-over-par to drop down to the 56th place. He makes it to the third round by the skin of his teeth, after just making the cut.

It looks highly unlikely the former world number 1 will be able to clinch his 15th career major.

Rory's competition looks like American Dustin Johnson, who begins day 3 at 7 under par, being just 4 shots behind the Irishman, keeping him well in sight.

Placed right behind him is Sergio Garcia, who trails by a mere 2 shots and might have a chance to beat Johnson on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Tom Watson set a record by being the oldest person to take part on round 3 of the British Open. A second for the American elder statesman in a career spanning 42 years.

"I came over here with a purpose -- to play my best golf and play on the weekend... See if the old guy can maybe get it rolling a little bit," said Watson.

Where to Watch Live

The third round action will start at 1:30 pm IST (4:00 am ET, 8:00 am GMT and 9:00 am BST) with live coverage on Star Sports HD2 in India and catch the live updates HERE or HERE. The Tournament will be available live on BBC in the United Kingdom with online streaming option HERE and on BBC Red Button, catch the live updates HERE or HERE or listen to the action HERE.

ESPN will telecast the tournament live in the United States and in Pan Latin America with a live streaming option HERE. Watch the tournament in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa on SuperSport with online streaming option HERE.