Rory McIlroy chases lead trio in bid to end major win drought

LA JOLLA – Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy tries to snap a seven-year major win drought by chasing down a trio of co-leaders in Sunday’s ultimate spherical of the 121st US Open.

McIlroy, who ended an 18-month US PGA win drought final month, was two strokes off the tempo, degree with defending champion Bryson DeChambeau after 54 holes at Torrey Pines.

South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, shared the lead with Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes and American Russell Henley, all on five-under 208 by three rounds.

Hot on their heels was McIlroy, who performed himself into competition with a four-under 67 on Saturday however has by no means gained a major when trailing after 36 holes.

The 32-year-old from Northern Ireland gained his first major 10 years in the past on the US Open at Congressional, then gained the 2012 PGA Championship and back-to-back majors on the 2014 British Open and PGA Championship.

World quantity 11 McIlroy has managed two top-10 major finishes every year since with out a victory, however hopes to end that futility on the oceanside format.

McIlroy, who ended his US PGA win drought at Quail Hollow final month on Mother’s Day, might win the US Open on the primary Father’s Day since he grew to become a dad with the start of daughter Poppy final August.

Four different major winners have been amongst 13 golfers beneath par coming into the ultimate spherical at Torrey Pines, however the one to catch was Oosthuizen, who has had 5 runner-up major finishes since his solely major win 11 years in the past at St. Andrews.

World quantity 18 “Oosty” is 1-for-2 with 54-hole major leads, his loss coming in a 2015 British Open playoff.

Henley, ranked 63rd, hasn’t gained a US PGA occasion since 2017 and has by no means completed in the top-10 of a major in 26 makes an attempt.

Hughes, ranked 67th, gained his solely US PGA title in 2016 at Sea Island and missed the minimize in his prior 5 tour begins earlier than the Open. He missed the minimize in six of his eight prior major begins.

Fifth-ranked DeChambeau, whose 68 on Saturday was the primary bogey-free major spherical of his career, might develop into solely the third man in the previous 70 years to seize back-to-back US Opens after fellow Americans Curtis Strange and Brooks Koepka.

Spain’s third-ranked Jon Rahm, chasing his first major title after spending final week in Covid-19 quarantine, shared sixth on 3-under with Americans Matthew Wolff and Scottie Scheffler.

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson and 2020 PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa have been in a 1-under pack.

Four-time major winner Koepka, world quantity two Justin Thomas, Englishman Ian Poulter and Paul Casey and Italy’s Francesco Molinari, the 2018 British Open champion, have been in a pack on degree par.

Rahm and Thomas might overtake Johnson for the world primary spot with a victory.


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