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June 19 2011

9:22 PM

McIlroy begins back nine march

BETHESDA, Md. – Rory McIlroy just rifled his tee shot at the par-3 10th hole over the pin, then watched as it trickled back toward the cup and stopped about two inches away.

McIlroy The fans, clearly behind the young Northern Irishman, tried to coax the ball in for the ace to no avail. Not to worry.

As he began the final nine holes of the 111th U.S. Open, McIlroy owns a commanding eight-stroke lead. Y.E. Yang, who just birdied the par-5 ninth, is as close to McIlroy as anyone has been all day.

McIlroy tapped in for birdie, then Yang made his to move to 17 and 9 under, respectively.

Interestingly, the Korean is a birdie away from becoming the second person this week to reach double digits under par at a U.S. Open – only four players had done it before McIlroy joined them this week.

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