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DAY ONE AT THE DDF IRISH OPEN HOSTED BY THE RORY FOUNDATION

  • Rory McIlroy went out in five over par 41, Danny Willett has the clubhouse lead at -2
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By Adrian Millerick, Jamie Kennedy and Dave Clark at Royal County Down GC, Northern Ireland

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Rory and Kaymer have played 34 holes between them and amazingly the pair haven't made a single birdie yet. It has to be said once again, that the conditions have been so tough today. Rory has set himself up with a decent birdie chance at the ninth though. Silver lining...

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Did you know: they started a train service in 1904 especially to take golfers from Belfast to Newcastle. There was a spcial carriage for the members and the service was called the 'Golfers Express'. I think we should start a petition and try and get that service up and running again.

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