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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods endured miserable first rounds at the British Open on Thursday with American J.B. Holmes ending in the lead after shooting a 5-under-par 66 at Royal Portrush.

McIlroy disappointed the home support with the home favorite carding an 8-over-par 79, while a stiff-looking Woods was nothing like the player who won the Masters in April as he labored to 7-over.

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