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Rory McIlroy starts Open with 'solid' 71

US Open champion Rory McIlroy got his bid for a second major title off to a 'solid' start yesterday (July 14th), with a one-over-par round of 71.

The 22-year-old started his round at 0909 BST, a tee time usually reserved for Tiger Woods due to the huge crowds he draws, going on to bogey two of his first three holes.

But the Northern Irishman recovered on the eighth and seventeenth, holing birdies at both, before missing an eagle opportunity on the final hole.

He was six shots off the overnight lead of Thomas Bjorn and amateur Tom Lewis and will start his second round at 1410 BST, swapping slots with the Lee Westwood group.

Westwood, playing with Sergio Garcia and Steve Striker, struggled on day one but managed to recover to finish the day level with McIlroy on one-over.

The most impressive action of the day was a hole-in-one from Dustin Johnson on the 16th, but the American didn't get too excited, as he is suffering from a virus and may not finish the event.
 

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