McIlroy’s 61 Sets Tone at Quail Hollow
Rory McIlroy torched the field, the course, and just about everything else on Saturday, breaking his own course record in the process.
McIlroy fired an 11-under 61 to jump from fifth to first, opening up a four-stroke lead at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday.
McIlroy was nothing short of spectacular between holes No. 3 and 16. Over that 14-hole stretch, he recorded 11 birdies and three pars. Not even the Green Mile could trip up the No. 1 player in the world; he was 1-under over the final three.
McIlroy’s round had Day 2 co-leaders Webb Simpson and Robert Streb unable to do much other than shake their heads in amazement.
Simpson fired a 4-under 68 and went from two strokes up overall (and three strokes over McIlroy) to trailing by four with 18 holes to go.
Streb, who led on Day One by himself, shot a 1-under 71 and is now seven strokes off the lead at 11-under.
Only two other players – Brendan Steele and Patrick Rodgers – are double-digit strokes under par, both at 10-under, leaving them eight strokes behind McIlroy, who is seeking his second win in three weeks.
Phil Mickelson, who was tied with McIlroy at 7-under through 36 holes, shot a 1-under 71 to drop to 8-under, but fell from fifth to ninth and is 10 strokes behind.