This live event has finished
- The final round of the Open is currently underway.
- Rory McIlroy leads by six points - he tees off at 2.40pm alongside Rickie Fowler.
- More than 160,000 people have passed through the gates so far this week.
- But who will lift the Claret Jug?
Well that concludes our live coverage of the Open Championship. It has been an absolutely fantastic tournament and we hope we have kept you up-to-date with all your Open needs.
Thanks and goodnight (we need a big sleep now),
Senior reporter Emma Rigby and chief photographer Paul Heaps
From the number of photographers present for the trophy presentation, I'd say that photograph of Rory lifting the Claret Jug will be on the front of a lot of newspapers and websites!
During his post-victory press conference, Rory said he would love to see the Open return to Hoylake.
He said: "I think Hoylake is a great course to be on the Open rota, it's a good test.
"It's a great golf course, it's a very fair golf course and I'd like to comeback here in the future for sure."
He added: "Even though I'm a Man Utd fan in these parts I've had great support all week and I just want to thank them for that."
Rory McIlroy (and Claret Jug) speak to the media.
The winning moment...
Here are photographer Paul Heaps' shots of Rory McIlroy lifting the Claret Jug. He's an absolute sweetie!
Even the media want his autograph #TheOpen http://t.co/axt2PlS7lG— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
McIlroy parades the Claret Jug for the crowds #TheOpen http://t.co/cX2VO8FMzT— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
Final attendance figures are in.
42,149 people attended the fourth and final day of the Open on Sunday which, adding to the previous days' attendance, takes the total number of spectators up to 202,917.
Not quite at the level it was in 2006 - when 228,976 people attended - but more than at Royal Lytham in 2012 when just 174,953 people attended.
Rory McIlroy thanks Royal Liverpool and its members for putting on such a great Open.
This is McIlroy's third major in as many years. He finished with 271 today.
McIlroy says he thinks the bet his dad made 10 years ago still stands. He bet that he won win the Open by the time he was 25. That's a £50,000 bet!
RORY MCILROY IS THE WINNER OF THE OPEN 2014
Applause on the course (and in the media centre) as Rory McIlroy sinks that winning shot to claim victory in #TheOpen He looks so happy!!— Emma Rigby (@emmajanerigby) July 20, 2014
Rory's second shot drifts right, takes a bounce and finds the greenside bunker. From the bunker he hits the hole & finishes a few feet away— The Open (@The_Open) July 20, 2014
Standing ovation from the packed grandstands on 18. Bring it home. #TheOpen— The Open (@The_Open) July 20, 2014
Massive round of applause and chants for McIlroy as he walks up the 18th #TheOpen— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
McIlroy now leads by just two points with four holes to go.
Another shot by Paul Heaps from earlier today.
Please don't wobble now Rory! Getting tense at The Open. Norn Ireland v Spain and maybe the US. Show em what Ulstermen are made of Rory.— Gordon Burns (@mrgordonburns) July 20, 2014
More Samuel L Jackson selfies...
Two consecutive bogeys put McIlroy's lead down to just three.
McIlroy gives away his first shot of the day at the 5th. Still has a four-shot lead over Garcia #TheOpen— The Open (@LiveBulletins) July 20, 2014
Interesting fact here but can Rory break the record?
Dropped shot from our leader. It's his first 6 of the week. #TheOpen— The Open (@The_Open) July 20, 2014
Here he is, the lovely Rory McIlrory approaching the first tee for the final time of the Open Championship 2014. And sporting a little pink too...
Great pic here from Paul Heaps of Sergio Garcia teeing off earlier
Massive cheers and applause for McIlroy as he makes his way to the first #TheOpen http://t.co/bxgndp7dBq— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
Despite two hours of searching, we're still no closer to catching up with Samuel L Jackson. He seems to be enjoying himself though!
The early view of 18! History & Money to be made later today!! http://t.co/EkEWByfqE3— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 20, 2014
That's what you call a cool hat!
There are lots of people enjoying the sun out there today at the Open...
Tiger Woods finishes with a 75 for a 6 over total of 294. That's 24 shots worse than when he won at Hoylake in 2006 #TheOpen— The Open (@LiveBulletins) July 20, 2014
G'Day mate! This group from Down Under are following Aussies Jason Day and Adam Scott.
They arrived on Friday and spent the day at Royal Liverpool on Saturday, where they came face-to-face with the Great British weather.
Darcy Noll and Luke Goldsmith are cheering on their fellow Aussies.
Some more pics from photographer Paul Heaps now...
Phil Mickelson and his caddy walk by crowds after teeing off this morning.
This young spectator keeps up to date with the Open on his iPad.
Phil Mickelson on the first.
Rory McIlroy on the putting green #TheOpen http://t.co/sHU4JPMIv0— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
Samuel L Jackson is back at #TheOpen today. I will find him if it kills me.— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
Hearing that Rory McIlroy has just arrived at Royal Liverpool for his 2.40pm start.
Beautiful view from the 14th tee #TheOpen http://t.co/1mFaOFOwxT— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
What an absolutely glorious day for a round of championship golf #TheOpen http://t.co/nfqsgP8BjA— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
Lots of people enjoying the sun #TheOpen http://t.co/TqLRUgcvLB— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
They arrived on Friday and saw the wet weather yesterday. One of the group, Luke Goldsmith said: "Liverpool beat us yesterday" #TheOpen— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
This colourful group from Down Under are following Aussies Jason Day and Adam Scott today #TheOpen http://t.co/BtrnVaXimy— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
A very busy media centre #TheOpen http://t.co/fGyYTQ2sv1— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
This is pretty cool...
3 former Open champions currently on the course. Woods +3, Watson +4 and Cink +5 #TheOpen— The Open (@LiveBulletins) July 20, 2014
Now that's the kind of sky we want to see all day...
Spectators crowd around the first to see Tiger Woods tee off on the final day of the Open.
Crowds are already out in full force this morning...
Some shots here from photographer Paul Heaps of Tiger Woods' tee off at 9.45am.
The stands are sure to be just as full, if not more so, this afternoon when Rory McIlroy takes to the tee for the final time of the championship.
Scoreboarders (unsure on their official title) are already hard at work #TheOpen http://t.co/QMudPrW9sS— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
Are you heading to the Open today? Tweet us your pictures to @emmajanerigby or @WIRRALGLOBENEWS and use the #TheOpen.
For those who haven't yet arrived at the course, it's worth a mention that traffic was queuing heading towards Hoylake from the M53 Moreton Spur. Car parks around the course are filling up fast. Spectators using the Green car park are being diverted to the Orannge car park.
After the weather yesterday - which has left the media centre looking a little mucky - we should be in for a spot of sunshine today. Here's hoping!
We have just been handed the latest attendance figures. 39,398 people attended the third round on Saturday, taking the total number of spectators up to 160,768 for the week so far.
That's 24,051 less than this time in 2006 but it's 22,065 more than had attended Royal Lytham at this point in 2012.
Attendance so far for the week is 160,768. Down on 2006 but up on numbers that attended Royal Lytham in 2012 #TheOpen— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014
Judging by the number of people passing through the gates this morning, and the number of vehicles filling the various car parks, I reckon today could push those numbers a little closer to the 2006 levels.
Of course, one of the main talking points on social media was the arrival of Hollywood star Samuel L Jackson. He spent the day at Royal Liverpool, tweeting this selfie at the entrance to the course. Will he be here agian today? We hope so!
Getting my British Open on today in Liverpooooool! http://t.co/XoSLQJAtnX— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 19, 2014
Rory McIlroy has a six point lead going into the fourth and final round. He's the favourite to win and tees off at 2.40pm alonsgside America's Rickie Fowler. Who do you think/want to lift the Claret Jug? Tweet @emmajanerigby
Just arrived at Royal Liverpool. Lots and lots of people #TheOpen— @emmajanerigby 20 July 2014