ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Rory McIlroy took advantage of the
calm conditions and fired a 9-under-par 63 in round one of the
British Open at defenseless St. Andrews. After missing the cut at
this year's first two majors, the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland
matched the major championship record and has a two-stroke lead
over Louis Oosthuizen. The South African made a
run at McIlroy but carded his only bogey of the day at 17 on the
tough "Road Hole" and settled for a 7-under 65.
John Daly, the 1995 Open winner at St. Andrews, shot 66 and is
tied with Scotland's Andrew Coltart, Britain's Steven Tiley, Bradley Dredge of Wales and Sweden's Peter Hanson.
Tiger Woods, who has won two of his three British Open titles at
the home of golf, carded a 67. The world No. 1 is in a large group
of golfers at minus-5 that includes fellow Americans Sean O'Hair,
Nick Watney and Lucas Glover, and third-ranked Lee Westwood of
Winds stiffened as the day went on, making it more difficult for
afternoon players like second-ranked Phil Mickelson, who carded a
73 and will be playing to make the cut on Friday.
Defending champion Stewart Cink could do no better than a
1-under 71. And the man he beat in a playoff last year at
Turnberry, 60-year-old Tom Watson, signed for a 73.
U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland opened
with a 71.