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Rory McIlroy waves to the crowd Thursday during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews. (Associated Press)

McIlroy takes charge at British Open

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By Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- In the 137 years since the British Open first came to St. Andrews, the Old Course rarely has been such a pushover. Rarer still was the score Rory McIlroy delivered.

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Whether it was the luck of the draw or his tantalizing talent really didn't matter.

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