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2011 U.S Open Leaderboard Update: Rory McIlroy Starts Third Round Strong

Rory McIlroy started the third round so far ahead on the U.S. Open Leaderboard that playing out the weekend seemed like a futile exercise. The early results from Saturday seem to indicate the same as McIlroy has avoided giving away anything, moving to one under through eight holes.

At this point, avoiding bogey's should be enough for McIlroy to pull away. He's currently 12 under par.

But a pair of contenders have emerged in Lee Westwood and Jason Day. Westwood is burned up the course with a minus six to jump from T26 to T2. It was the lowest round of his career. But despite going birdie-birdie-birdie on 13, 14 and 15 he's still seven shots back. Day is into the clubhouse with 65 to get into the mix.

Y.E. Yang, who started the day in the best position to take on McIlroy, has stumbled a bit early, at one over through his first eight.

Below is the current leaderboard as, of 5:40 P.M. For full coverage of the leaderboard, click here.

1. Rory McIlroy (-12)
T2. Lee Westwood (-5)
T2. Jason Day (-5)
T4. Y.E. Yang (-4)

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