Smashing Records: Golf Superstar Rory McIlroy Breaks U.S. Open 36-Hole Low Record, Commands Lead Into Weekend
There are doubters out there. But make no mistake: Rory McIlroy is on a mission.
Oakley’s Global Golf Superstar swung his way into Golf History on Friday – setting the Congressional Country Club (Maryland) ablaze by shooting 66 and a total of 11-under-par 131 in the second round of the U.S. Open. Not only is he holding a commanding six-stroke lead into the weekend, he also shattered the event’s 36-hole low record in its 111 years in existence. No other player in history has ever scored better than nine under par through the first two rounds of the Open. Ever.
Amongst a captivated and spirited crowd, the young Northern Irish phenom seemed extra focused and keen to the fact that his toughest opponent had been himself this year – particularly when closing out contests. ‘Not this time’ was the feeling seemingly emitted as he cruised through each hole with a commanding presence…disregarding the course’s infamous history of devouring golfers every year with tests of survival.
“I did a piece after Augusta where I said, ‘I needed to be a little more cocky, a little more arrogant on the golf course, and think a little bit more about myself,’ " he continued. "Which I’ve tried to incorporate a little bit, just on the golf course.”
And despite his lead, he’s fully recognizing that resting on his laurels is not an option. Dominating distraction is the name of the game now.
“I’ve played two really good rounds of golf, but I know I have to play another two really good rounds of golf if I want to win this tournament.”
Be sure to follow the action at the U.S. Open as Rory looks to scale the mountain ahead of him and emerge with a resounding victory…for his elusive first major.