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2011 US Open Leaderboard Update: Rory McIlroy Leads, Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel Lurks

The first round of the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club is in the books, and it was a banner day for Rory McIlroy, who fired a six-under 65 to put himself atop the U.S. Open leaderboard after Round 1. McIlroy had three straight birdies to get himself going and has a three-shot lead on the rest of the field.

There is a familiar contender lurking, though. Charl Schwartzel, who ended up as the 2011 Masters champion after McIlroy's final-day meltdown, finished strong with four birdies in his final nine holes to eventually finish at three-under. Schwartzel is tied for second place with Y.E. Yang, who set the early pace by firing a three-under in the morning.

Six players are right behind those two at two-under par, including Sergio Garcia, an accomplished pro who barely even qualified for the tournament. Twelve others, including defending champion Graeme McDowell are tied at one-under. Overall, 21 players shot under par on Day 1, compared to just 13 last year. There are still a few more stragglers on the course that could add to that number.

Here is a complete leaderboard of all the players under par:

  1. Rory McIlroy: -6
  2. Y.E. Yang: -3
  3. Charl Schwartzel: -3
  4. Ryan Palmer: -2
  5. Sergio Garcia: -2
  6. Scott Hend: -2
  7. Alexandre Rocha: -2
  8. Kyung-tae Kim: -2
  9. Louis Oosthuizen: -2
  10. Robert Rock: -1
  11. Bubba Dickerson: -1
  12. Davis Love III: -1
  13. Chez Reavie: -1
  14. Graeme McDowell: -1
  15. Henrik Stenson: -1
  16. Stewart Cink: -1
  17. Robert Garrigus: -1
  18. Brandt Snedeker: -1
  19. John Senden: -1
  20. Johan Edfors: -1
  21. Alvaro Quiros: -1
Other notables: Padraig Harrington (E), Rory Sabbatini (+1), Ernie Els (+2), Retief Goosen (+2), Hunter Mahan (+3), Phil Mickelson (+3), David Toms (+3), Luke Donald (+3), Fred Funk (+4), Lee Westwood (+4)

For a full scoreboard, click here. For more on the 2011 U.S. Open, visit Waggle Room.