June 19 2011
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- Saturday was an unusual day at the U.S. Open as a record 26 players broke par at Congressional.
The previous mark was 24 at Medinah back in 1990. Hale Irwin won that U.S. Open, beating Mike Donald in a playoff after both finished 72 holes at even par.
Hard to tell whether we'll have more of the same on Sunday at Congressional as the contenders try to overcome a huge deficit against Rory McIlroy, who leads by eight strokes. Exactly half the field has teed off in the final round and 19 players are under par.
Only one, though, is going really low. That's Korea's Sangmoon Bae. He started the day at 8 over but has made five birdies and no bogeys in his first 13 holes.