Robert Garrigus entered the final round of the 2011 US Open near the top of the leaderboard, but is in a free-fall early at Congressional Country Club. Garrigus began the final round in a tie for third at 5-under for the tournament, but hasn't fared well over the first seven holes, recording three bogeys to fall back into a tie for 17th. His three-over round has him at 2-under for the tournament, 14 shots back of Rory McIlroy.
McIlroy is cruising, and the memories of Augusta appear to be dead and gone. At 2-under for the day, and 16-under for the tournament, his lead stands at nine, and it will take a collapse of historic proportions for him to give the US Open away. At this point, it's a competition between McIlroy and history as he has a chance to rewrite the record books in the final round.
With a round of 72, McIlroy will break the US Open scoring record. Through six holes, he's on pace for a round of 69, which would be his third round in the 60s this week. Over the first three round, he recorded a 65, 66 and 68 while steamrolling the field at the 2011 US Open. And he's shown no signs of slowing down.
Y.E. Yang, McIlroy's playing partner again on Sunday, is in second by himself at 7-under. Frederik Jacobson and Jason Day are in a tie for third at 6-under on the day. Peter Hanson and Lee Westwood are at 5-under for the tournament and in a tie for fifth, 11 shots off the pace.
While Garrigus is out of contention, he can still earn a nice payday with a comeback over the final 11 holes. A top-five at the US Open is worth a significant financial windfall. But he has some work to do in order to get himself towards the top of the leaderboard after bogeys the first, fifth and sixth holes to open the final round.