Rory McIlroy shot a spectacular 61 around the Dunluce course
A schoolboy golfing sensation has blown away the course record at one of the world's most famous links courses.
Rory McIlroy carded an 11-under par 61 at the North of Ireland Amateur Open which is being played at Royal Portrush.
The County Down boy - just 16 - shot nine birdies and an eagle to better the previous best around the Dunluce links by an incredible three shots.
McIlroy shot a 71 in the opening round on Royal Portrush's Valley course.
He has won the West of Ireland and Irish Close titles so far this season. The North of Ireland final takes place on Friday.
McIlroy said his 61 was "unbelievable".
"To shoot 61 anywhere is great - but to shoot it around Royal Portrush is even better."
However, he will not be on this year's Walker Cup team - the amateur version of the Ryder Cup.
"I played two professional events - which didn't really help - when I could have been playing amateur," he said.
"But that was a great experience and I am only 16 and I still have plenty more years to play in it - I am not that disappointed."
Dessie Hassan of Royal Portrush said: "It was a marvellous performance by anybody.
"But for a 16-year-old boy to go round one of the major links in the world in 61 shots - 33 out and 28 back and 26 putts - is phenomenal."