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Rory McIlroy carded a flawless six under par 66 to move to the top of the leaderboard midway through the first round of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland carded three birdies on both nines to give him his best start to the Championship since he led the field with a 63 after the opening round at St Andrews in 2010.
“It’s a great way to start,” he said. “Any time you shoot 66 at The Open Championship you’re going to be pleased. We had perfect scoring conditions out there this morning. There wasn’t much wind early on. There were plenty of opportunities to make birdies and I was able to take a few of them.
“I’m looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”
The double Major winner carded birdies on three out of the four par fives as he took advantage of the benign conditions.
“I actually think it’s a very similar type of golf course to St Andrews in the sense you have to take advantage of the par-5s and the shorter par-4s.
“I really got it going that day at St Andrews but today was a bit different. It was just a really solid round of golf. I hit it into the spots I needed to. Took my pars on the tougher holes. St Andrews was a better round of golf but there were similarities in there.”