Robert Garrigus had a rough start to his final round of the 2011 US Open, giving a shot back on the par four first. His bogey pushed him back into a tie for sixth on the US Open leaderboard, a whopping 11 shots off the lead. Coming into Sunday's round, Garrigus had been in a tie for third, behind Rory McIlroy and Y.E. Yang.
And then there's McIlroy, the man of the day and wee at the US Open. Through three rounds, McIlroy has rewritten the record books, recording three rounds in the 60s to get to 14-under for the tournament. His overall score and score to par through 54 holes were US Open records and if he shoots a 72 or better, he'll have the tournament scoring record.
McIlroy began his round with -- you guessed it -- a birdie on the first hole. At 1-under for his round, McIlroy is now at 15-under for the tournament, and widened his lead to nine strokes. With his final round Masters meltdown still fresh in his mind, getting off to a good start was key, and McIlroy did just that on Sunday at Congressional. Though there's still 17 holes to go, his final round already has the feel of a coronation.
Lee Westwood birdied the first hole to get to 6-under for the tournament and into a tie for second-place. Still, he's nine strokes back and has a long ways to go to get into contention. Yang recorded a par on the first hole and is also at 6-under for the day.
For Garrigus, the deficit is 11 strokes, a daunting task to makeup over 17 holes. It's going to take a miracle for he, or any other competitor, to catch McIlroy and Sunday may simply be a race for second at the US Open. Sergio Garcia, Steve Stricker and Louis Oosthuizen are also at 4-under for the tournament and in a tie for sixth.