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Rory McIlroy draws praise from peers

Updated: June 19, 2011, 9:07 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

BETHESDA, Md. -- Golfers, by their nature, are into themselves. It is a game that requires selfishness, often a lonely pursuit of excellence.

So you can bet that those players chasing Rory McIlroy and his eight-stroke 54-hole lead heading into the final round of the 111th U.S. Open on Sunday will do all they can to put the heat on, make him sweat for the trophy, have him relive the agony of Augusta National more than two months ago.

If not, well ... they sure seem to ...

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