There's a forula to winning at the U.S. Open. Make par, and take advantage of birdies when they make themselves available. If you try to chase birdies, you end up with bogies, and you find yourself at the bottom of the leaderboard. Unlike other tournaments where parisn't a bad score, par is a good score at the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy is a perfect example of that. So far on his back nine, Rory is just sticking to the fairways, hitting the greens in regulation, and taking pars. He just birdied the 14th hole and now stands at 11-under par. For some perspective, the most under par anyone has ever been in a U.S. Open is 12, and that was Tiger Woods back in 2000. Here is the rest of the top of the leaderboard.
1. Rory McIlroy: -11 through14
T2. Zach Johnson: -3 through13
T2. Y.E. Yang: -3 tees off at 1:35
T4. K.T. Kim: -2 through 16
T4. Ryan Palmer: -2 tees off at 2:19
T4. Louis Oosthuizen: -2 tees off at 1:35
T7. Robert Garrigus: -1 through 15
T7. Sergio Garcia: -1 through14
For a complete scoreboard, click here.