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Masters 2011 Round 2: Will Rory McIlroy hold his lead?

Irishman Rory McIlroy and Spaniard Alvaro Quiros are tied for first place in the 2011 Masters golf tournament. Who is most likely to keep the lead in Round 2 today?

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the first hole during the first round of the 2011 Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2011, in Augusta, Ga.

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[UPDATE Friday 3 p.m.: After the first nine holes, Rory McIlory is 10-under par, and still leading.]

Rory McIlroy has been here before. He understands the pressures and expectations.

Yesterday, he posted a 65 for a share of the lead at Augusta National with Alvaro Quiros.

But the difference between McIlroy and Quiros: Twice before Rory has lead majors after the first round. He posted a 63 at the British Open last year, but followed with an 80 in the second round.

Quiros has not made it past Round 2 at Augusta in his past two attempts.

McIlroy finished third at both the British Open and the PGA Championship last year. The 21-year-old from Northern Ireland is confident and ready.


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