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Rory’s the story at Hoylake as McIlroy takes early Open lead

Rory McIlroy tees off on the 18th hole during the opening round of The Open

Rory McIlroy tees off on the 18th hole during the opening round of The Open

  • by Richard Mulligan
 

A bogey-free six-under opening round saw Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy take the early lead of the Open Championship on Thursday at Royal Liverpool.

He produced three birdies at Hoylake either side of the turn to lead Matteo Mannassero by a shot.

Tiger Woods picked up five birdies in six holes as he carded a three under par opening round of 69.

Asked if it constituted a perfect round, McIlroy told BBC One: “It sort of does, especially in the first round of an Open. I couldn’t ask for anymore.

“I stuck to my gameplan, focused on the par fives and tried to pick up other shots. For the most part my ball was under control and I’m very happy.

“I’m playing well, swinging the club really nicely, holed some nice putts and I’ll try to continue to do that and hopefully have another solid round tomorrow. I won’t approach it differently.”

There were still many players to start their rounds, but the focus will remain on McIlroy going into day two on Friday as he looks to end a poor run of form by flopping on the second rounds of recent competitions.

 

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