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McIlroy's 63 equals record in a major

Updated: July 16, 2010, 1:32 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

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.

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

In conditions so calm that not a hair on his considerable mop was out of place, McIlroy set off on an incredible run into the record book Thursday with a 9-under 63 that gave him a 2-shot lead.

"Going ...

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