The best chance any dark horse had at wresting the 2011 U.S. Open from Rory McIlroy entering Sunday's final round at Congressional Golf Club was to shoot a stellar number and hope that McIlroy would collapse.
Few are doing that first part.
Through the morning in the U.S. Open's final round, the top of the leaderboard has remained virtually unchanged. McIlroy still holds an eight-shot lead over final round playing partner Y.E. Yang, and a nine-shot lead over Lee Westwood and Jason Day, and no golfer has been able to reshuffle the top eight with a flurry of red numbers.
Therefore, it's hard to think that anyone already on the course at Congressional — Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar, teeing off at 2:50 p.m. Eastern, began the string of contenders at 4-under or better — will be challenging McIlroy for the 2011 U.S. Open victory.
That is, unless McIlroy follows up his final round 80 at the 2011 Masters with an even more disastrous Sunday at Congressional.