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Golf: McIlroy sets course record 64 at Scottish Open

Published on Jul 10, 2014 11:21 PM

ABERDEEN (AFP) - Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy muscled his way to a one-stroke lead with a new course record on the opening day of golf's Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen on Thursday.

He grabbed eight birdies, including four in succession mid-round, to break the existing course record by two shots with an seven-under 64 on the links gem.

It handed the double Major winner, who is contesting the event for the first time in four years, a one-shot clubhouse lead over Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg, and with the 27-year old Stockholm player equalling his best score on Tour with a six-under par 65.

McIlroy's score lowers the existing mark of local Royal Aberdeen club champion, Mark Halliday, by two shots, and it adds to a growing number of course records on both sides of the Atlantic that the 25-year-old holds.

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