Two-times major golf champion has laid the ‘Friday demons’ to rest to take the half-way lead at The Open Championship 2014.
The former U.S. Open and USPGA Champion fired a second round score of six under par, 66, to match his opening effort.
It looked as though the ‘Friday demons’ were kicking in again when McIlroy started his second round with a bogey-5 at the opening hole. Unperturbed, the major golf champion from Northern Ireland settled into his game by parring the next three holes and then his round caught fire.
McIlroy, carded sub par figures at holes 5, 6 and 8 to reach the turn in two under par, 33. Further fireworks, including a drive of over 400 yards at the 17th hole. The major golf champion fired birdies at holes 10, 15, 17 and 18, to take commanding lead into the weekend.
To put the quality of Rory’s very impressive scoring into perspective, the lowest second round at the Open Championship is 63, set by Mark Hayes (1977), Greg Norman (1986) and Nick Faldo (1993). The lowest 36-hole score at The Open is 130, set by Brandt Snedeker at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012 and Nick Faldo at Muirfield in 1992. McIlroy’s total of -12, 132, is two shots off that record.
At the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in 2006, Tiger Woods led by a stroke at 12-under through 36 holes. Dating to 1971, the Open Championship’s 36-hole leader has prevailed 17 times (43 years), most recently Darren Clarke in 2011
Please note that there still several players still out on the Royal Liverpool Golf Club Hoylake links.
At the time of going to print, McIlroy, has a 4 shot lead over American Dustin Johnson, who fired the lowest score of The Open 2014 thus far – a seven under par, 65,to his opening effort of -1, 71, for -8, 136.
A full list of leading open golf scores at 1930 hours, GMT, Friday, 18 July 2014 is detailed below for your information.
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