With the U.S. Open considered the sharpest test in professional golf, Jim Furyk’s three-round record of 200 strokes from 2003 stood as an impressive one. But at Congressional this week, Furyk didn’t even make it to the third round – and his record didn’t make it through, either.
Rory McIlroy shot a 199 through 54 holes, an amazing 14-under par, to break Furyk’s mark. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland takes an eight-stroke lead over Y.E. Yang into Sunday.
But before anyone goes crowning McIlroy prematurely, Lee Westwood points out that his rival has been here before but lost the Masters.
“You don’t know how he’s going to deal with the big lead,” Westwood said. “He had a big lead in a major and didn’t deal with it well before. There’s pressure on him with regards to that. So we’ll see.”