US Open 2011 Round 3 Thoughts

A few thoughts and notes on the third round:

  • No need to watch tomorrow. Everyone is playing for second place behind Rory. Even YE Yang knows it:

    Y.E. YANG: I think it’s actually a race for second place right now. I’ll try and catch up with Rory as much as possible, as much as I can. But if he doesn’t let go, it’s going to be a race for second place. I’m playing some good golf right now, actually. There are some areas that I need improvement. But at the same time, I can’t complain at the score I have right now on this type of course. Let the best second place win.

  • If Rory does somehow manage to collapse, it would be one of the biggest of all time. In 1996, Norman famously lost a six shot lead at the Masters. In 1999, Jean Van De Velde blew up in the final round and eventually lost in a playoff to Paul Lawrie, who started the day ten back. Rory is eight strokes clear of Yang.
  • Remember that YE Yang managed to come from six behind Tiger. So maybe there is a need to watch tomorrow after all.
  • Lee Westwood, Robert Garrigus and Jason Day all are within nine. Of the bunch, I think Westwood has the best chance to go low and make it interesting. He was in fine form today.
  • Sergio Garcia looks like he’s on his way back. Too bad he wasn’t able to qualify for the Open Championship.
  • It looks like the stretch of Majors without an American winner will extend to five.
  • What was with Robert Garrigus’ toy putter? The thing apparently is just 28 inches long. I’d like to see him and Adam Scott go head to head in match play.
  • There were a record 26 under par rounds on Saturday.
  • Its interesting that Jason Day is in the mix once again in his second Major. Is this a major talent brewing?

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