McIlroy shines at Congressional
Rory McIlroy achieved the lowest 36-hole total in US Open history - even with a double-bogey six at the final hole of his second round.
The 22-year-old reached halfway at Congressional on the 11-under-par mark of 131 and with it a remarkable eight-stroke lead, although closest challenger YE Yang had not even teed off at that point.
After 17 holes McIlroy was in dreamland, the first player ever in the event to reach 13 under and lapping the field 10 shots clear but then came a hook into the rough and a second that curled into the lake on the left of the demanding 523-yard par-four last.
Signing for a 66 to add to his opening 65 did not stop him still entering the US Open record books, but a par four would have made him the first player in the history of any major championship to break 130 for the first two days.
Sir Nick Faldo remains the mark to beat in that department for his 130 aggregate en route to winning at Muirfield in 2002.
But McIlroy, as he has insisted ever since his closing 80 meltdown at the Masters in April, is focused on the future and not the past.
The young Ryder Cup star, trying to keep the trophy in Northern Irish hands following Graeme McDowell's victory last year, is a few months younger than Jack Nicklaus was when he lifted the first of his 18 majors in 1962 and would be the youngest person to lift the trophy since another legend of golf - amateur Bobby Jones - in 1923.