Another unbelievable day at Congressional saw Rory McIlroy demonstrate again just what an amazing talent he is.
Even with a double bogey on his last hole – the first dropped shots in 36 holes- he still shot a remarkable 66 to take a six-shot lead into the weekend.
Rory’s 11 under aggregate for the first two rounds is the lowest half-way score in US Open history and people should not forget that he has only just turned 22 with plenty more years of learning and improvement to come.
America has been quick to point out that Rory had a big lead at The Masters and couldn’t defend it, but many of the sceptics seem to miss the point that every time there has been a blip he has always learned from it. Rory has an enormous amount of experience for one so young and he will draw on that this weekend.
When you see somebody of Phil Mickelson’s stature stopping to applaud the shots of his playing partner then you know you are witnessing something very special.
What has impressed me most over the first two days was just how controlled Rory seemed to be. Even though he was playing as well as he was and establishing a big lead, he never once got carried away with things and remained cool and calm.
It’s going to be a very interesting weekend. And all of our survivors will be looking forward to it.
None more so than Lee Westwood who followed his first round four over 75 was with a three under 68 – a score which moved him no fewer than 58 places up the leaderboard.
Charl Schwartzel had a bit of a stutter on day two, but still finished in 15th place alongside his close friend Louis Oosthuizen and either of the South Africans could still mount a serious charge this weekend.
Finally and although it’s not often I say too much about players outside our stable in this column, a special mention for England’s Robert Rock, who broke his duck on the European Tour in Italy last week.
Robert went through pre-qualifying to get to Congressional, but visa problems meant he did not arrive in the country’s capital until Wednesday and too late to have a practice round. But two days later he is in eighth place and heading towards a fairy-tale ending.
What a chapter in a wonderful US Open 2011 story that is heading towards a magical ending on Sunday.