In 2010, a fresh-faced Rory McIlroy was making waves in the world of golf. Those waves became bigger after the first round of The 139th Open at St Andrews.
The 21-year-old had won his first PGA Tour event just two months earlier, and was quickly building a stellar reputation, thanks in part to his final-round 62 at Quail Hollow.
The young Northern Irishman was ready to take the next step in his career and win The Open, and his bid got off to a wonderful start with a stunning 63 at St Andrews, which made sure his was the name on the lips of every golf fan.
McIlroy was a solid 1 under through eight holes, but he was awaiting a spark. An exceptional drive on the short par-4 ninth then set up an eagle, which changed the entire complexion of McIlroy’s day.
To find out more about McIlroy’s magnificent 63 at The Open and see highlights of his round, continue reading here.