Rory McIlroy’s birdie putt on the 17th green at Congressional Country Club was not just worth an absurd 10-stroke lead. It was worth history.
McIlroy moved to 13-under for the tournament by holing that shot, becoming the first golfer to ever reach that mark in a U.S. Open. He’s also on pace to shatter Tiger Woods’ 11-year-old record of the biggest 36-hole lead at this tournament.
McIlroy hit his tee shot on No. 18 into the trees and double-bogeyed the hole. He went into the clubhouse with an 11-under and an eight-shot lead.