Posted: Jun 17, 2011 7:04 PM by Lee Douglas
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - After failing to get the job done at the Masters, Rory McIlroy is in hot pursuit of his first major title at the U.S. Open. In fact, he's threatening to run away with it.
The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland has gone 65-65 in his first two trips around the demanding Congressional Country Club track.
McIlroy's 11-under 131 total is a record for the best score after 36 holes in the 111-year history of the tournament. No player had been better than 9 under through two rounds of the year's second major.
McIlroy became the first golfer to get to 13-under-par at a U.S. Open with back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17. But he lost a couple of strokes after hitting his second shot on the par-4 18th hole into the water, leading to a double-bogey. It was his first over-par hole of the tournament.
Y.E. Yang is alone in second place at 5-under after his 2-under 69. He's 1-under on the day through 15 holes.
Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Robert Garrigus, Brandt Snedeker and Sergio Garcia are tied for third at 2-under.
Snedeker may have spoken for the field when he said he doesn't plan on looking at the leaderboard this weekend "because there's no point."