Rory McIlroy roars into the lead at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.
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Rory recorded a course record at Royal Aberdeen, shooting a first round -7 under par 64, he reported that everything was on from the word go. He even drove the 13th green, while Ian Poulter was still on it;
“Everything was pretty much on. I controlled my ball flight really well which is the key to me playing well in these conditions and on these courses.”
“I’ve been working the last ten days on keeping the ball down, hitting easy shots and taking spin off it and I went out there today and really trusted what I practiced.”
“I’m driving the ball really well and I feel if I can get driver in my hand and have an advantage on the field I should do it. Going out this morning in these conditions I thought anything in the 60s would be a good score so to shoot something better than that is pleasing.”
“I told Poulter it was a three-wood but it was a driver. He was on the green trying to flex his muscles. I’ve got off to a lot of good starts and tended to fall away. Hopefully that won’t be the case this week.”
“It’s more mental than anything but I am really comfortable with my game at the minute.”
There are two players tied in second place at -6 under par after opening rounds of 65, they are Kristoffer Broberg and Ricardo Gonzalez.
Ricardo is happy with his team Argentina reaching the World Cup finals, and also having his son on his bag;
“I think it’s one of the best rounds of this year and that’s why I’m very happy now. To make 65 on that wonderful course, with my son on the bag, that’s great.”
“I enjoyed the match and maybe this is the key to play well, to relax and enjoy the day. I would like Argentina to win the World Cup and also if I can win here it would be amazing. It’s my dream.”
Defending Champion Phil Mickelson was four shots off the lead after an opening round of -3 under par 68, that featured an Eagle, two birdies and a solitary bogey caused by a three putt on the 18th green.