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McIlroy going where few have gone before

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BETHESDA, Md. – When Rory McIlroy holed a wedge for eagle at the eighth hole Friday at the U.S. Open, he made history.

With that shot, McIlroy reached 10 under, becoming the fastest player to reach double digits under par in U.S. Open history. He did it through 26 holes at Congressional Country Club to become just the fifth player to reach double digits under par in championship history.

Gil Morgan was the first to reach double digits under par in a U.S. Open. He did it in the third round at Pebble Beach in 1992 but didn’t end up winning with Tom Kite taking the championship.

While five players have reached double digits under par at some point in the championship, Tiger Woods is the only player in history to finish at double digits under par. Woods won at Pebble Beach in a record 12 under par in 2000.

Here are the four players before McIlroy who reached the magic double-digit number:

-12 Tiger Woods (final round, Pebble Beach, 2000)

-12 Gil Morgan (third round, Pebble Beach, 1992)

-11 Ricky Barnes (third round, Bethpage Black, 2009)

-11 Jim Furyk (third round, Olympica Fields, 2003)