McIlroy rips through a defenseless Old Course

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland
has tied the major championship record by shooting a 9-under 63 in
the opening round of the British Open.

The 21-year-old got rolling Thursday with an eagle at the par-4
ninth, where he drove the green and rolled in the putt. He then
made six birdies on the homeward holes, posting a 30 that tied the
back-nine record at the Open.

McIlroy became the 22nd player in golf history to shoot 63 in a
major championship. Greg Norman and Vijay Singh have done it twice,
and the last player to do it was Tiger Woods at the 2007 PGA

The early starters took advantage of nearly perfect scoring
conditions - little wind and only a sprinkling of rain. The sun
even popped out just as McIlroy was finishing.