The third round is in the books at the 2011 US Open and it's Rory McIlroy's tournament to lose. While the field did feature some outstanding performances on Saturday, McIlroy is still completely running away with the tournament. The young Irishman finds himself at the top of the leaderboard by a mile after carding a 68 in the third round to get to 14-under for the tournament, eight shots clear of the field. While his Masters meltdown remains at the front of our minds, McIlroy has been throwing darts, sinking putts and playing just about perfect -- save for a double-bogey on Friday at No. 18 -- thus far.
Robert Garrigus is in the hunt after a 68 third round to get to 5-under for the tournament. While his score would normally be good for first, or close to it, Garrigus finds himself a victim of bad timing in a US Open that McIlory is running away with. Even still, his week has been outstanding thus far as he puts on an impressive display with long drives and solid all-around play. It just looks like he'll be battling it out with the field for second, barring a collapse of historic proportions.
Y.E. Yang got a front row seat to McIlroy's third round, and still remains his closest competitor, which isn't saying a ton at this point. Yang stands a whopping eight shots back after three rounds, and has to be hoping for a miracle on Sunday. His third round 70 has him alone in second-place at 6-under for the tournament.
Lee Westwood and Jason Day entered the clubhouse early at 5-under for the tournament after carding 65s on the day. Their scores are good enough for a tie for third, nine shots behind McIlroy. Frederik Jacobson carded a 66 to get to 4-under and in a tie for sixth with Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar. Kyung-Tae Kim is just behind the group at 2-under for the tournament.
After three rounds, Garrigus is battling and McIlroy is riding his steamroller into the sunset after a historic 54 holes at Congressional Country Club in the 2011 US Open.