Rory McIlory Keeps Lead as Wind Gets Up at British Open

South African George Coetzee briefly threatened Rory McIlroy's lead at the British Open when he got to six under after 15 holes, but he promptly bogeyed the next two holes and eventually came in with a 69 for five under.

updated: July 18, 2014 19:53 IST
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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds up his ball on the 18th green after his round on the first day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England.

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Hoylake, United Kingdom: Rory McIlroy was holding onto his British Open lead on Friday as breezy conditions thwarted early second round starters with designs in replacing him.

The 25-year-old form Northern Ireland, chasing his first Open title after two major wins in the United States, was enjoying a restful morning ahead of a mid-afternoon tee-off time.

His opening salvo of six-under 66 gave him a one shot lead over the 155-strong field and set the target for Friday morning.

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