Rory McIlroy set a course record by shooting an 11-under 61 at Quail Hollow and giving him a four-shot lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.
McIlroy, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, entered the round three shots behind leaders Webb Simpson and Robert Streb.
McIlroy made 11 birdies on the day, including a stretch where he birdied nine holes out of 10. It was during that stretch he was thinking about the possibility of shooting a 59, but a par on 17 ended that dream.
If McIlroy wins, he will become the first ever two-time champion of the event. Even more impressive, he’s on pace to destroy the tournament record set by Anthony Kim in 2008 of 16-under.
McIlroy’s 61 broke the previous course record of 62–which he set in 2010.