The course record was always at risk this week with the strongest field the European Tour will see all year at the 2014 Scottish Open. The inevitable has now happened but nobody would of ever thought it would be Day 1 in testing conditions gusting to as much as 30mph, by Rory.
Noting earlier in the week how much of a tough test the course is playing Mcilroy went out in halves of 33/31 for a 7 under 64 which included a drive of 430 yard drive to the centre of the wind assisted, downhill 13th.
He even had time to note at his disappointment in not capitalising on the par 5s, “I had the chance to make the green in two with all of them, and even on 12 I had a wedge in my hand for my second shot and only made par.”
David Law, a young up and coming player who grew up playing at Royal Aberdeen playing this week described how good Mcilroy’s round really was, “To shoot what he (Rory) did today in the wind, which has been constant throughout the day is amazing. The way the course is set up is as good as I’ve played it. The ground, fairways, tee boxes all make it challenging and the greens are rolling very well. If you are putting well you will hole some putts.”
The weather has been difficult but nowhere near what they had feared and yes some of the tees have been brought forward but not for a moment underestimate the quality of golf played by Rory Mcilroy this morning at Royal Aberdeen. The famous phrase ‘rub of the green’ which is said to have originated on the links on Scotland’s northeast coast has no merit on this occasion.
Rory’s home, back playing outrageous golf on links once again.