BETHESDA, Md. – Quite a few players shot good rounds Saturday to move up the leader board during the third round of the U.S. Open, but they’re all staring at the taillights of Rory McIlroy well out in front of them.
McIlroy, who established an Open record with a 36-hole score of 11-under 131, birdied two holes on the front nine of Congressional Country Club to get to 13-under par, tying his own Open record for most shots under par.
The 22-year-old McIlroy sank a 12-foot birdie putt at the fifth hole, then reached the green of the par-5 ninth in two and 2-putted from 30 feet to increase his lead to eight strokes.
Lee Westwood, the world’s No. 2 player, and Jason Day each shot a 65 – tying McIlroy’s first-round score for the best 18-hole total of the tournament – and moved into second place at 5-under 208. Both teed off nearly 2 ½ hours before McIlroy.