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.
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.