Rory sets the pace…again
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is fast becoming all about Rory McIlroy. In the second round, Rory shot an impressive four-under 67 to take the lead by two strokes over Ryan Palmer and Lee Westwood (through 4).

The best part of McIlroy’s game is that he is finishing his rounds with birdies and eagles. Remember Saturday’s round at The Open Championship? Well, he nearly equaled his two eagle feat today with an eagle on the par-5 18th (his ninth hole), and then on the par-5 7th he hit a five-wood to six-feet. Rory missed the putt, but he made up for the minor blip with a birdie on his last hole.

After the round, McIlroy told TNT’s Vince Cellini, “Righted the ship well, didn’t get off to the best of starts. Caught fire a little bit around the turn, really happy with the four-under par.”

He added, “I’m feeling good about my game, I’m confident. Hitting the ball well for the most part, I didn’t hit it quite as well today as I did yesterday, but still really in control of my game and my emotions. And I’ll need to do that over the weekend as well.”

Looks like there’s a new sheriff in town.

Here are Rory’s amazing stats at the PGA Championship, courtesy of the PGA of America:

  • 25-under par in his last 10 rounds in the PGA Championship
  • 41-under par in his last 10 competitive rounds of 2014
  • 27-under par in his 22 rounds in the PGA Championship, beginning in 2009
  • 7 of McIlroy’s last 10 rounds in the PGA Championship are in the 60s
  • 9 of McIlroy’s 22 rounds in the PGA Championship are in the 60s
  • McIlroy’s scoring average in his 22 PGA Championship rounds is 69.95.

PGA Championship leader board.

–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)