The English almost had a third contender until Ian Poulter played his final five third-round holes at four-over par. He ended up with a 73 and enters play today six shots back at five-over 215.
Truth is, the Brits might not get another chance like this.
Rose and Donald have what it takes to be the first winner since Jacklin in 1970. Jacklin was the English superstar of his day. He also won the 1969 British Open and, in 1967, made the first hole-in-one recorded on British TV with an ace at No. 16 at Royal St. George's.
As fate would have it, Donald and Rose will be teeing off together in the 2:58 grouping.
Tiger Woods goes low -- down leaderboard | 10:50 a.m.
"How low can Tiger Woods go?"
That's normally a gallery question related to how low in the 60s that Tiger might shoot, but not this week.
Woods, with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn watching but probably wishing she was in a chateau in Switzerland, can't get away from Merion Golf Club fast enough.
What began as a promising week in search of his 15th major championship has become a complete disaster.
Woods has already taken a triple-bogey eight on the par-five second hole and was an astounding 14 over par for the week after seven holes Sunday.
The sound you hear is the the engine starting on Woods' private jet back to Florida.
The world's No. 1 player is hovering around the T50 mark as the contenders for this year's crown start to loosen up for their afternoon rounds.
Woods is actually LOSING his death-match struggle right now with playing partner Matt Bettencourt, who was only 11 over through seven.
You may be asking: "Who is Matt Bettencourt?"
He's a 38-year-old journeyman who got into the U.S. Open through the qualifier in Maryland.
Bettencourt is from Alameda, Calif., and played golf at Modesto Junior College.
Woods, as you know, played for Stanford.
This isn't Bettencourt's first rodeo, as he finished tied for 10th in his only other U.S. Open appearance at Bethpage in 2009.
Other than both being born in California, Woods and Bettencourt are as different as two people in the same profession could possibly be.
Woods has won 76 PGA events, second only to Sam Snead's 82. Woods also owns 14 major titles and has career earnings in excess of $103 million.
Bettencourt has one PGA victory, at the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open.