5 Takeaways From Rory McIlroy’s First Round at the 2014 British Open

Takeaways From Rory McIlroy's First Round at the British Open

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As expected, Rory McIlroy had a great opening round at the 2014 British Open. The big question now is how he will do on Friday. Now that McIlroy is finished for the day, let’s take a look at five takeaways from Day 1.

5. He Has to Continue to Score

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5. He Has to Continue to Score

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McIlroy may be in the lead after Day 1 of the 2014 British Open, but he has to continue to make birdies. There are a number of great players right behind him. Players like Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and that one guy named Tiger Woods.

4. Thursday Rounds are Still His Thing

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4. Thursday Rounds are Still His Thing

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McIlroy shot minus-6 and is currently leading the Open Championship. Yeah, Thursday rounds are still his thing. We all expected him to put up a low score in his first round. The same thing cannot be expected in his second round, where he has basically played his way out of tournaments as of late. Thursday rounds are still his thing, but he has to follow that up with a low score on Friday. Heck, even shooting par would probably be good enough.

3. Par 5s Are Key

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3. Par 5s Are Key

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Going into the British Open, Rory planned on taking advantage of the par 5s. Well, he is doing just that. McIlroy is minus-3 at the Par 5s so far. Just imagine how far ahead he would be if he dropped an eagle or two.

2. McIlroy is Playing Mistake-Free Golf

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2. McIlroy is Playing Mistake-Free Golf

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McIlroy had six birdies on the day and no bogeys. Talking about playing mistake-free golf.

1. His Best is Better Than Anyone Else

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1. His Best is Better Than Anyone Else

Rory McIlroy
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When Rory McIlroy is at his best, he is better than anyone else. That is why Nike signed him to a major deal and that is why he is considered a superstar in this sport. IF Tiger Woods returned to his old form, him and Rory would have some crazy battles. However, McIlroy played great, and he is currently the leader.

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