McIlroy takes 8-shot lead into final round at Open

By EDDIE PELLS | June 19, 2011 | 11:43 AM EDT

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, acknowledges the gallery as the walks off the 18th green after the third round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Play has started in the final round of the U.S. Open, and it will take something monumental to prevent Rory McIlroy from winning the trophy.

With the first players making the turn around Congressional on Sunday morning, McIlroy was preparing to take an eight-shot lead over Y.E. Yang into the final round.

McIlroy led by four strokes entering Sunday at the Masters in April, but shot 80 and finished 15th. This time, his lead is double that size after shooting 14-under 199, a U.S. Open record for 54 holes. Before McIlroy, no player had been lower than 12 under at the U.S. Open.

No one has blown more than a five-shot lead at the U.S. Open. No one has lost any major when ahead by more than six shots going into the final round.