Just Like Us But Not: Rory McIlroy Chunks Two Chips, Still Drains 20-Footer For US Open-Saving Double Bogey

Oh man. Rory McIlroy had an electrifying par save as part of his three-under round of 67 to begin the U.S. Open yesterday, but his bid for the championship was in danger of unraveling on the par-4 third hole on Friday.

After his wide-right approach missed the greenside bunker, Rory found himself in the thick fescue and failed to advance the ball on two attempted flop shots. Not only did he short side himself, but the ball was so deeply embedded in the rough that Rory couldn't even get it on the green until his third whack at it. Here's the grisly raw footage:

Most of us — OK, I'll only speak for myself — would have imploded after this sequence of events. I wouldn't have taken any time between shots and just kept wailing on the ball. Rory took some time to gather himself, calmly knocked it on the putting surface over 20 feet away...and DRILLED it into the cup for a double bogey!

I'm not being hyperbolic about this headline. Rory could've three-jacked from there by getting too aggressive and wound up with damn snowman on his scorecard. Thursday was among the best putting rounds I can remember from the four-time major champ. He had a similarly horrific lie on the fifth hole in Round 1 and still managed to make par from there thanks to some finesse flat iron work. Looks like those sessions with Brad Faxon are continuing to pay huge dividends.

Prayers up for Riggs and Frankie, who are IN on Rory as the second-round leader.

Positive development: Rory parred the fourth and capitalized on the short par-4 No. 5 to make birdie and get back to +1 for the day and -2 overall, just two off the lead at that time. The dream is still alive!!