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Rory McIlroy hits a monster 436-yard drive at the Scottish Open

The Northern Irishman set a new course record at Royal Aberdeen this afternoon.

RORY MCILROY CARDED a superb opening round of 64 at the Scottish Open today.

McIlroy grabbed eight birdies, including four in succession, to record a new course record seven-under par at Royal Aberdeen and take an early one-shot lead over Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg.

But that’s not all. On the par-4 13th hole, he also hit an incredible 436-yard drive.

(h/t: CBS Sports

“It depends where it is whether or not setting a new course record is special to me but then there is a few that are a little better than the others,” McIlroy said.

“I just hope nobody betters the 61 I shot at Royal Portrush, as I have been holding onto that one for years.

“But it was just a great start and anytime you can start a tournament like that you have to be very pleased and it’s obviously something I can build on for the next three days.

More importantly I was more pleased in how I controlled my game out there and controlled my ball flight, and after having practiced those shots over the last ten days, it was good to go out and trust it today in a tournament round.

“So regardless of the score, the way I played today was just the most pleasing thing and if I can play like that over these next few days going into next week, then that is what I need to do and the type ofgolf I have to play at Royal Liverpool.”

Additional reporting from - © AFP, 2014

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