Thursday, July 10

Rory Manhandles Royal Aberdeen



FROM THE THESE GUYS ARE GOOD FILE: Rory McIlroy drove the green on the par-4 13th hole at Royal Aberdeen en route to a course-record 64 and a 1-shot lead after the opening round of the Scottish Open.

Just how far did Rory hit that drive?

399 meters.

(That's 436 yards for my American friends.)

McIlroy carded eight birdies against one bogey on his record-setting trip.

"[I]n these blustery conditions," McIlroy said, "I thought anything in the 60s was going to be a good score, so to shoot anything better than that is very pleasing.

"Just the way I controlled my ball flight out there, I was really pleased with [it]. That's a real key for me to play well on links courses and I was able to do that really well."

Swede Kristoffer Broberg and Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez are one behind after 65s.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson opened with a respectable 68.

Uehara Leads Women's British

Ayako Uehara is the clubhouse leader of the RICOH Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale. Uehara shot a 68, one of only two players that cracked 70 in the opening round.

World No. 1 Stacy Lewis had a 71. U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie struggled to a 75.

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