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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Rory McIlroy holed out from the fairway for eagle on the eighth hole at the U.S. Open to move to 10-under par, building a six-shot lead at the midway point of Friday's second round.
McIlroy's short approach hit the back of the green and bounced twice, then spun backward about 20 feet and dropped into the cup. He thrust both hands in the air and Phil Mickelson, playing in his threesome, applauded.
McIlroy is in record-setting territory. No player has ever been better than 9 under through two rounds of the U.S. Open and nobody has led by more than six at the halfway point.
He is six ahead of Zach Johnson, who eagled No. 6 and was 3-under par through 10, and seven in front of Robert Garrigus, who was 2 under for the day, and Y.E. Yang, who tees off in the afternoon.
McIlroy shot 6-under 65 to open the tournament Thursday. His three-shot lead after the first day was the biggest opening-round cushion at the U.S. Open in 35 years.
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