Extra: McIlroy makes history
Jun 17, 2011, 15:50 GMT
Bethesda, Maryland - Young Irish golfer Rory McIlroy on Friday made history in the second round of the US Open by being the fastest to go to 10-under.
McIlroy, who went into the second round on six-under, birdied the par-four fourth at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, followed that up with another birdie on the par-five sixth and then eagled the par-four eighth to move to ten under after just 26 holes.
Statisticians said that previously no player had managed to go 10-under in the second round.
With five holes to play, the 22-year-old McIlroy had a seven-shot lead from South Koreans YE Yang and Kyung-Tae Kim and American Zach Johnson.
McIlroy's Northern Ireland compatriot Graeme McDowell said that the way McIlroy was playing, it would be very difficult to catch him. 'It seems we are all playing for second place. He is making it look easy out there,' the defending champion said.
In April this year, McIlroy had a four-shot lead going into the final round at the Masters and then disappointingly blew it with a round of 80 that saw him finish ten off the pace.
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