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 Championship.
The early starters took advantage of nearly perfect scoring conditions -- little wind and only a sprinkling of rain. John Daly's 66 has the former Open champ tied for 3rd. Tiger Woods is tied for 8th, thanks to an opening 67.
Edgerton native Steve Stricker had a late tee time and carded a 1-under 71.
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