'We are watching the making of a superstar' stated the ESPN team as they watched Ireland's Rory McIlroy rip apart the incredibly tough Congressional golf course in D.C. in the US Open.
A double bogey on the last hole was his only blemish as he shot a 67 to add to his earlier 65 and enter the clubhouse with an eight shot lead at eleven under
At one point McIlroy was 13 under, an historic low score 'There is another level beyond excellence said the ESPN commentator , "We are talking about the greatest to ever play the game" said ESPN naming Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods clearly stating that of McIlroy keeps thi up he will join that exalted club
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Until his final hole where he ended up in the water and double bogeyed McIlroy was unstoppable.
His round was typified by his approach shot at the par 5 16th when he dropped the ball within ten feet of the cup with his second shot and just missed his eagle putt.
Incredibly, McIlroy did not shoot over par at any hole in two rounds except for hole 36 . US Opens are played at very tough courses where shots off the fairway usually land in unforgiving rough. McIroy has hit almost every fairway.
Rory McIlroy is looking more and more like the new Tiger Woods.
His performance so far has been little short of incredible at the US Open and at the end of the second round he seemed to have an insurmountable lead.
His mindset has been utterly fearless like Tiger Woods at his height and no one has spreadeagled a field like McIlroy has done this week since Tiger Wood's first Masters win in 20000.
McIlroy does not have the swagger and arrogance of Woods and is an immensely more likable character.
He recently spend time with an Irish aid agency helping out in Haiti.
He has a Huck Finn happy-go-lucky look, a cheeky chappie in British parlance who seems to let little bother him.
Sure he blew the lead in the Masters but not that he is on the engine again, he will have learned a lesson on how to play from the front.
He strikes me as a laid back character who will only get better if he wins his first major championship.
This is truly a unique era for Northern Irish golf with McIlroy bidding fair to join Graeme McDowell as the second Irish winner in two years.