19 Jun 2011

McIlroy trying to remain unfazed

5:24 pm on 19 June 2011

Long regarded as the heir-apparent to Tiger Woods as the game's greatest player, Rory McIlroy believes his time has finally come to start piling up major titles.

The 22-year-old Briton will take a commanding eight-shot lead into tomorrow's final round of the U.S. Open at Congressional after roaring through another record-setting round, posting the championship's lowest 54-hole score to be on 14 under par.

McIlroy is confident of winning his first major but says he's treating tomorrow's final round like any other day.

The Northern Irishman took his total to 14-under 199 and surpassed the 54-hole mark of 200 set by American Jim Furyk in 2003 with another sensational display of shotmaking that improved his overnight advantage by two.

A distant second was YE Yang of South Korea, who shot a one-under-par 70 for a total of six-under 207.

Another shot back are world number two Lee Westwood of Britain, Jason Day of Australia and American Robert Garrigus.