McIlroy rewrites history at US Open
Just two months ago Rory McIlroy was vilified by the media following his dramatic final round implosion at the Masters. Today, McIlroy put an end to any such doubts with a stunning and record-breaking two-day total of 11-under to take a six shot lead in to the weekend.
The 22-year-old set several records across a round that brought back memories of vintage Tiger Woods to the thousands gathered to watch his historic round unfold. His two-day run was made even more remarkable given that he double-bogeyed his 18th hole today.
McIlroy’s 11-under par total is the lowest 36 hole score set at the US Open. He reached double digits after just 26 holes, beating the previous 39 hole record by Gil Morgan in 1992 at Pebble Beach.
With his birdie at the 17th, McIlroy also became the first player in history to reach 13-under par at a US Open Championship. Gil Morgan and Tiger Woods both held the previous record of 12-under in 1992 and 2000 respectively.
“I’m feeling good, feeling very good you know, it’s funny to me, you know, it feels quite simple. I’m hitting fairways. I’m hitting greens. I’m holing my fair share of putts.”
“And that’s really been the key. I’ve missed a couple of greens that I was able to get it up and down. But apart from that, I’ve just really stuck to my game plan and stuck to what I wanted to do, very committed to my targets, that’s basically it.”
“I don’t really know what to say. It’s been two very, very good days of golf. I put myself in a great position going into the weekend. But I know more than probably anyone else what can happen. So I’ve got to stay really focused and try and finish this thing off.”
The Northern Irelander has a six shot lead over 2009 PGA champion Y.E. Yang, which equals the US Open record set by Woods in 2000 at Pebble Beach for the largest margin after two rounds.
Another two strokes back in a five-way tie for 3rd place is Robert Garrigus, Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar.
John Senden leads a disappointing Australian leaderboard, following a round of +1 (72) to drop five places in to equal 15th alongside fellow Aussie Marc Leishman.
Leishman leapt 15 places with a second round of 2-under 69 and sits eleven strokes off the pace.
Queensland’s Jason Day is another shot back at +1 and in equal 26th. It will take quite a turnaround in form to see a return to the heights of his Masters finish back in April.
Unfortunately, Adam Scott won’t have that opportunity following a second round of +2 (73). The South Australian slumped in to 73rd place alongside Nick O’Hern and missed the cut by one shot.
There was always a chance that a Tiger-less US Open wouldn’t live up to anyone’s expectations but the next generation of golf is showing that there is a bright future and the one holding the flame most brightly this week is a 22-year-old from Northern Ireland.