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U.S. Open 2011: Rory McIlroy Begins Day Two As Strong As Day One

It's into the second day at the 2011 U.S. Open and Rory McIlroy is starting at the same stunning pace that he began with on Friday to further increase his lead on the second day at Congressional Country Club. With an overall purse of $7.5 million, there's plenty at stake for McIlroy to consider as it is. But for the golfer who had such a famous meltdown at this year's Masters, it's also about finishing what he starts this time around.

For those with short memories, McIlroy led by four strokes over every other competitor heading into the final day of the Masters. He'd also led after the first and second day as well. So the young Irishman seemed to be cruising toward his first major and also becoming one of the top young pros on the tour. Then it all fell apart to the tune of finishing tied for 15th overall.

He led after the first day of play yesterday with six birdies to finish at -6 on the day, ahead of everyone else. Today, however, he's on a particular tear through the front 8 with two more birdies and an eagle to sit at -10 overall. Second place, by the way, sits at -3 in the form of Y.E. Yang and Zach Johnson. We'll track McIlroy's progress throughout the day to see if he can continue to establish a lead that perhaps won't disappear in the end.

Make sure to come back for further U.S. Open updates throughout the day, but don't miss Waggle Room for more golf coverage as well.