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Rory McIlroy Extending His Lead On Back Nine During Day Two of 2011 U.S. Open

With a lead that now stands at 8 strokes, Rory McIlroy is continuing the dominant display he started on day one with another solid round of -5 through 14 holes on day two. After his double eagle on hole 8, McIlroy settled for several pars in a row until breaking through on hole 14 for another birdie and extend his lead.

Zach Johnson moved forward then fell back and settled at -3 overall, so McIlroy should stand tall at the end of 36 holes as he did after 18 at the end of Friday’s play. Of course, anything is possible, but the young Irishman seems to be playing with a steady confidence that outshines all of his rivals, even if storied players like Phil Mickelson are slowly making their own climb.

McIlroy would be the first player since Tiger Woods nearly 10 years ago to lead all four rounds of the U.S. Open if he’s able to continue this dominant streak. It’s a short list of players who’ve accomplished such a feat, and a testament to the skilled 22-year-old that he’s even at this point nearing the end of day two.