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McILROY'S A HEAD-BANGER.

Byline: Dale Rankin

RORY McILROY last night said sorry to teenage golf fan Jason Blue - even though the kid's hard head cost him a two-shot penalty on day one of The Open. The Northern Irish golfer was penalised after his off-line tee shot on the 15th hole at Royal Lytham cannoned 20 YARDS off the 16-year-old's head and flew out of bounds. After signing a glove and presenting it to the dazed youngster, Turn to Page 76 first win but when he won at Royal St George's in 1993, I watched every bit of it. "That was huge for me because Greg was my idol. "Seeing him win that really spurred me along and I could probably tell you every shot he hit that Sunday at St George's. That was a big time in my life." Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Graeme McDowell are in group at three under. Nicolas Colsaerts and former Masters champ Zach Johnson in joint second. Leader Scott equalled Tom Lehman's record round at a Lytham Open with a 64 and gave himself the perfect start in the quest for his first Major. Now he's desperate to follow in the footsteps of double Open winner and compatriot Greg Norman. Scott said: "I don't remember a lot about his for a second Claret Jug. The 43-year-old Scot is just one shot behind the overnight leader, Australian Adam Scott, after a brilliant 65. Lawrie won at Carnoustie 13 years ago but has had a miserable sequence since with seven missed cuts and not a single top 40 finish. However, it was back to the good old days as the Aberdonian's five-under total put him beside Belgian bounds by a couple of inches. If he could have headed it the other way, it would have been on the fairway. "The most important thing was that he was okay because I would have felt terrible if it had been worse than what it was." If McIlroy was relieved, Paul Lawrie was thrilled, having rolled back the years in a magical start to his bid McILROY'S A HEAD-BANGER From Back Page McIlroy had to go back and play three from the tee and the incident cost him a double-bogey six. But after recovering to birdie two of the last three holes and finish at three under par, the world No.2 offered his apology to the boy from Bristol. McIlroy said: "I said sorry. Not much else you can say. "It was only just out of

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 20, 2012
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