Rory McIlroy celebrated his latest fast start at a major - in what he describes as the "weirdest" Open he has ever played.
McIlroy, the 2014 champion at Hoylake, would like to make history by becoming a two-time Open winner on the occasion of his 150th championship.
"It's the most skillful Open I've played."It's really clunky there. Carnoustie was solid in 2018 but it wasn't like this."
“And fiddly hasn't really been my strong point over the years, but I'm hoping to make it work this week.
The 33-year-old looked extremely comfortable on the Old Course, after birdieing the opening with three more back-to-back on 5, 6 and 7 to make the turn in 32.
His one dropped shot came on 14 when a chip shot bounced badly in front of a greenside bunker and he couldn't get down in two putts from distance.
"Yeah, fantastic start," smiled McIlroy.I came here to play well and I've played well on this golf course over the years."
"So I knew if I went out there and played my game and stuck to my game plan that something like that was possible.