June 17, 2011 - Bethesda, MD (AHN)
So, Rory McIlroy, you've made U.S. Open history, shooting the best-ever 36-hole score in his 111th playing of America's national championship. How are you going to spend your afternoon?
"I think I'll have some lunch and go see a movie," the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland said with his Irish accent. "Probably go see Hangover 2, I want something that doesn't take much involvement, something to sit and laugh."
McIlroy deserved some down time, some time to laugh because what he accomplished during his second round. He got to 10-under par through 27 holes, becoming the first player to get that far under par that quickly.
He then carefully worked his way through the back nine and with his two-putt birdie at the par five 16th, he became the first man in golf history to reach 13-under par at a U.S. Open championship.
At the 36th hole, his drive drifted too far left and so did his second shot, finding the water left of the green at the 18th hole.
He finished with a double-bogey six but still set a 36-hole scoring mark at 11-under par.
"I've just gotta look at the 35 other holes I played," he said, looking at the positive. "I've still got a healthly lead. I'm very happy with where I'm at on the leaderboard."
After his interview obligations, he was done for the day and making plans for his movie.
It is appropriate because with rounds of 65-66 for a 131 total, McIlroy has given the rest of the U.S. Open field a hangover.
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