Jul 17, 2014; Wirral, Merseyside, GBR; Rory McIlroy walks off the 18th green during after finishing the first round of The 143rd Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Ian Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy Opens Strong at Open Championship

Rory McIlroy yet again has come out of the gates blazing after carding a bogey free opening round 6-under, 66 to take an early one stroke lead over Matteo Manassero at Royal Liverpool in the 2014 Open Championship.

His 66 was the second best score to date for McIlroy at The Open Championship, surpassed only by his superb opening round of  63 at St. Andrews in 2010.

Of course, the young Northern Irishman has had well documented issues on Fridays this season, where he has collapsed in second rounds after posting low numbers in his opening rounds.

McIlroy also took advantage of the four par-5′s on the course knowing those were crucial holes in 2006 the last time The Open was contested here — Playing those holes in 3-under par (three birdies, one par).

When asked about how he will approach his second round tomorrow in an interview with Sky Sports, knowing his recent history on Fridays. McIlroy spoke about his mental awareness going into a Friday after posting a good number on Thursday.

“It’s another great start and, yeah, looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.” Said McIlroy

“Whenever I go out and play on Thursdays there’s not really many expectations. You’re going out here and you’re trying to find a rhythm and you’re just trying to play your way into the round.

“When you go back out on Friday after a good score you know what you can do, so you’re going out with some expectations compared to Thursday.

“I think I’ve just got to approach it like that, and start off trying to hit solid shots the first few holes and play my way into the round, just like I did today.”

With a current one shot lead over Manassero, McIlroy will have to take his own advice come tomorrow’s second round and try to shake his ‘Freaky Friday’ ways to back his opening round of 66 up with another under par score.

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