Rory McIlroy keeps on roarin' at British Open

Rory McIlroy hits an approach shot during the second round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool...

Rory McIlroy hits an approach shot during the second round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, England, July 18, 2014. (PETER MUHLY/AFP)

Dave Hilson, QMI Agency

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HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - That bogey on the first hole must have caused some concern for Rory McIlroy.

It certainly had people wondering if it was the start of something terrible.

After all, that’s the way it has gone all too often for the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland: Great opening round, shaky second one.

It went that way at last week’s Scottish Open. It has gone that way on the PGA Tour this year. And it has gone that way before at past British Opens.

But not on this Friday. There was nothing freaky here at Hoylake.

Instead of crumbling to a high number, McIlroy put on a performance that had people reminiscing about his 2011 U.S. Open victory, about his win at the 2012 PGA Championship. About what Martin Kaymer did at Pinehurst this year.

It appeared, back in 2011, that McIlroy had another gear from everyone else as he was rolling to his first major.


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