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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2007, 17:57 GMT 18:57 UK
McIlroy makes superb Open debut
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy watches his drive at the 15th at Carnoustie
Teenage amateur Rory McIlroy made a sensational Open debut on Thursday with a three-under-par 68 at Carnoustie.

The 18-year-old from Holywood is three shots behind leader Sergio Garcia after a bogey-free round while Paul McGinley was the best of the Irish with a 67.

Padraig Harrington also impressed with a 69 while Darren Clarke recovered from a poor start to card a 72.

Graeme McDowell had a disappointing 77, Justin Kehoe finished seven over and David Higgins struggled to a 79.

McIlroy birdied the fifth, 10th and 13th holes as he brought his amateur form into his first round in a major.

Indeed, McIlroy could have been further up the leaderboard but he missed short birdie putts at 14 and 15.

Dungannon player Clarke dropped four shots over the first six holes, including a double-bogey six at the fifth.

But the Ryder Cup star got shots back with birdies at the seventh, 11th and 14th holes to sign for a one-over-par round.

Dubliner McGinley led for most of the day before Spain's Sergio Garcia established a two-shot lead on six under after 15.



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Live - The Open
19 Jul 07 |  Golf


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