Video: Rory McIlroy smashes drive onto par-4 13th green
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy piped his drive on the 436-yard par-4 13th at Royal Aberdeen in the first round of the Scottish Open, reaching the green and accidentally hitting into the group in front of him while they were still putting.

You could say he gripped it and ripped it! 

Sure, the hole was downhill and downwind, but that’s besides the point — the hole was 436 yards! 436!  (Apparently he also drove the green on the same hole in Wednesday’s pro-am, so, you know, it’s practically the norm for him.)

McIlroy went on to two-putt for an easy birdie. He made seven others and then just one bogey in Thursday’s breezy conditions to post a course record seven-under 64 to take the first round lead.

“Everything was pretty much on,” McIlroy said. “I controlled my ball flight really well which is the key to me playing well in these conditions and on these courses.

“I’ve been working the last ten days on keeping the ball down, hitting easy shots and taking spin off it and I went out there today and really trusted what I practiced.”

Things appear to be going well for McIlroy both on and off the golf course. He recently went on a man trip to Ibiza, then he was spotted out on the town in Dublin with model Nadia Forde.

Meanwhile, defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a three-under 68, with a three-putt bogey on the 18th hole.