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Francesco Molinari
Fan favorite Rory McIlroy gets off to great start at British Open

The first day of the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool on Thursday brought a leaderboard of mostly marquee names, with one of the biggest, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, standing atop alone. The 25-year-old McIlroy, already a two-time major champion and the fan favorite here because of his promise and his United Kingdom address, shot a six-under-par 66 to lead by one. In second place alone was Italy's Matteo Manassero, four years younger than McIlroy and already a multimillionaire on the European tour. He started with a birdie, finished with a birdie and stayed in red numbers all day for his 67. Two other Italians, brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, were among seven...