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Holmes leads Open as McIlroy endures nightmare and Woods struggles

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By ITN News Editor July 19, 2019 13:03

Holmes leads Open as McIlroy endures nightmare and Woods struggles

Rory McIlroy’s British Open hopes were in tatters after a first-round horror show at Royal Portrush ended with the home favorite carding an eight-over-par 79. All eyes were on McIlroy as the Open returned to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years, but his hopes all but disappeared with a sickening quadruple bogey at the first hole.

The four-times major champion ended his day not only looking up at a leaderboard headed by American J.B. Holmes, but knowing he will need a stellar second round merely to make the halfway cut. Ireland’s Shane Lowry was the clubhouse leader for a couple of hours after a four-under-par 67 on a day of wind and squally showers, mixed with dazzling sunshine.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 19, 2019 13:03

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