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Rory McIlroy takes big 2nd round lead at US Open

Rory McIlroy set a new scoring mark after two rounds of the US Open. His 11-under-par score has Rory McIlroy as the leader at midway through the US Open.

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to his eagle on the eighth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Bethesda, Md., Friday, June 17.

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Masters collapse, what Masters collapse?

Rory McIlroy had the lead going into the final round of the Masters, back in April. But after shooting an eight-over-par 80 on that final Sunday, he lost the green jacket to South African Charl Schwartzel.

Since then, the golfer from Northern Ireland says he's learned from that experience. And it showed on Friday during the second round of the US Open golf championship.

McIlroy fired a five under par 66 on Friday. Combined with a six-under 65 Thursday, McIlroy is at 11-under par. His two round total of 131 is the lowest 36-hole score in US Open history, one lower than the mark Ricky Barnes set at the 2009 US Open.

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