At the 2011 US Open, it's Rory McIlroy vs. himself at this point. Over the first two rounds, McIlroy has opened a six shot lead over the next closest competitor, and is well clear of the rest of the pack on the US Open leaderboard. Among that pack is Robert Garrigus, an Idaho-born relative unknown who's made waves at the US Open this year. Through two rounds, Garrigus sits in a tie for third, but is so far behind McIlroy it may take a miracle, or another Masters-like collapse, for him to have a chance.
Garrigus is tied with four others for third on the leaderboard after back-to-back rounds of 1-under 70 brought him to 2-under for the tournament. His company in third-place, however, is familiar, and includes former Masters champion Zach Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar. But while they're toiling around par, McIlroy is running away with the tournament, and only Y.E. Yang sits within striking distance through two rounds.
Ryan Moore didn't fare as well after rounds of 73 and 77 eliminated him from contention over the first two days. Moore is on his way home after missing the cut, which currently stands at 4-over. The cut may move early in the morning as the final groups from Friday finish their rounds following a weather delay which forced play to be suspended due to darkness.
Olympia native Andres Gonzales is also out of the US Open, doomed by an opening round 79. He bounced back in a big way on Friday, firing a 1-under 70 to get to 7-over for the tournament, but will miss the cut this year. But Gonzales' loss is our gain: He can go back to tweeting at Tiger Woods and being a social butterfly on Twitter as he heads home. Read more about Gonzales and his fun exploits here.
The third round of play gets started on Saturday morning after the second round concludes. With only 18 players left on the course, Saturday's round shouldn't be delayed too long, though it will be later than scheduled. McIlroy and Yang will tee-off last, and Garrigus will be in one of the final few groups. Coverage of the third round begins at 11 a.m. PDT on NBC.