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US Open 2011 Final Round Update: Rory McIlroy Begins Back-Nine With Eight-Shot Lead

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who began the final round of the US Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD with an eight-stroke advantage, will make the turn with the same advantage. The 22-year old will start the back-nine at 16-under par and ahead of playing partner Korea's Y.E. Yang, who is 2-under on the day and 8-under overall. Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson is in third place at 7-under par.

McIlroy began the day birding two of his first four holes to take a commanding 10-shot lead on the field. From there, Yang has made two birdies, while Jacobson is 3-under on the day. Australia's Jason Day and England's Lee Westwood are at 6-under par, but are running out of holes to make a move.

Despite the less than dramatic chase for the tournament title, sports fans can at least relish McIlroy's chase to break the scoring record for a major championship (19-under par, which was set by Tiger Woods at the 2000 British Open).