June 19 2011
BETHESDA, Md. – Two months ago, Rory McIlroy squandered a four-shot lead in the final round of the Masters.
McIlroy fired a 68 on Saturday at Congressional to move to 14 under par – a number never before reached at a U.S. Open. He’s eight strokes ahead of 2009 PGA champ Y.E. Yang and nine up on Jason Day and Lee Westwood, who matched the day’s low rounds of 65.
His lead isn’t the largest ever in a major, though – Tiger Woods and Henry Cotton own that distinction at the 2000 U.S. Open and 1934 British Open, respectively. But McIlroy has been nearly flawless this week with the only blemishes in 54 holes one bogey and one double bogey.