The Open 2019: first round – live!

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Another birdie for Rory McIlroy, this time at 9. That’s two birdies in three holes and +3 after 9 means his outward score could be downgraded from disastrous to disappointing. Is he back in the game? I’ll hand back to Scott Murray to guide you through Rory’s back nine.

An Irishman, who teed off this morning, leads the Open at Royal Portrush. Nope, not Rory McIlroy but Clara native Shane Lowry. An excellent 4-under 67 is two better than the early target posted by Frenchman Romain Langasque. Lowry has missed his last four Open cuts which comes as a surprise. On each occasion, a slow start has undermined his challenge and today’s 67 is his lowest round-one score in eight appearances. The last time Lowry shot in the 60s at an Open he took tied ninth at Royal Liverpool so this could prove an excellent foundation.

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