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US Open Golf Tournament 2011: Rory McIlroy Atop Leaderboard As Round Two Begins

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who shot a flawless 6-under par, 65, Thursday afternoon to snag the open-round lead at the 2011 US Open at Congressional Country Club  in Bethesda, MD., has made a birdie on the fourth hole to move to 7-under par and earn a four-stroke lead. McIlroy teed off at 7;55 a.m. Friday morning with Phil Mickelson (currently, 2-over par) and Dustin Johnson (5-over par), is in command of the golf course, which is giving all other golfers fits.

Korea's Y.E. Yang, who tees off at 1:35 p.m. Friday, shot a 3-under par, 68, Thursday and sits in second place. Currently, there are seven players who're 2-under par. Cottekill, NY native Chris Deforest, who shot an even-par, 71, Thursday, has just teed off at hole one. Yesterday, Deforest was near the top of the leaderboard, but fell a bit after making a few bogies on his closing holes.

Other round-two tee teams feature: The big-European three of Luke Donald (ranked No. 1 in the world), Lee Westwood (No. 2) and Martin Kaymer (No. 3) shot a combined 10-over par Thursday and begin on hole one at 1:46 p.m. Defending champion, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, shot a 1-under par, 70, Thursday and begins on No. 10 at 1:35 p.m. Erie Els (+2), Davis Love III (-1) and Jim Furyk (+3) each start on No. 10 at 1:57 p.m.

Here's Friday's US Open television schedule:

  • ESPN coverage, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • NBC coverage, 3 - 5 p.m.
  • ESPN coverage, 5 - 7 p.m.

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