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Rory McIlroy drives the green with 436-yard bomb at Scottish Open (video)

Rory McIlroy had a round for the ages during the first day of the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen, carding a course-record 64 that featured seven birdies to take an early one-stroke lead in the British Open tuneup tourney.

The highlight of McIlroy’s dominant round came on the par-4 13th when the North Irishman drove the green courtesy of a 436-yard bomb of a tee shot that trickled onto the green. Rory two-putted from there for birdie and maintained from there, scoring pars on the final four holes.

McIlroy hasn’t played in the Scottish Open since 2009, but clearly felt completely comfortable on the links course setup at Royal Aberdeen.

“I played the par five’s an even par which I was sort of disappointed about, but I made a nice few birdies around the turn,” McIlroy told BBC Scotland.

“It would have been nice to make one or two more coming down the last few holes but I’m not going to complain about a 64, I played really well and obviously it’s a great start to the tournament.

“I like the course, it sets up well. It’s a nice mix of strategic play and then there’s times when you can be aggressive and take the driver out so there’s a nice bit of variety to it.”

The typical links course setup is often a feast or famine proposition, but at least for one round, Rory had no trouble satiating his appetite for birdies at Royal Aberdeen. Perhaps his late-night gallivanting about Dublin with Irish model-singer Nadia Forde last weekend got him in the right frame of mind. It certainly couldn’t have hurt.