U.S. Open at a glance


A glance at Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Open at the 7,574-yard, par-71 Congressional Country Club:

Leading: Rory McIlroy, whose 3-under 68 left him at 14 under with a 199 total and an eight-shot lead over his closest pursuer.

Chasing: Former PGA champion Y.E. Yang is second. Three players – Jason Day, Lee Westwood and Robert Garrigus – are another stroke back at 5 under.

Shattering: Besides bettering Jim Furyk’s previous 54-hole Open record – set at Olympia Fields, where he posted 200 after three rounds in 2003 – McIlroy broke his own mark of 13 under for lowest score in relation to par at a U.S. Open. Tiger Woods still holds the record margin over the field after three rounds – 10 strokes, set at Pebble Beach in 2000.

Speaking of Tiger: He’s still home, with an injured leg. It’s the first time he’s missed a U.S. Open since turning pro.

Looks tough, plays easy: There were 26 rounds under par, a record for the third round of the U.S. Open. The 72 golfers carded 224 birdies.

Notable: When Woods held the lead at Pebble, he was the only player under par. McIlroy is one of 20 players in the red here.

Quotable: “I’m still looking for my first one. That’s all I can say. I’m looking for my first one. I put myself in good position to do it tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.” – McIlroy, on comparisons to Woods.