Links golf is sometimes referred to as a ground game. And, based on the bounces, understandably so. If you really, really crush a drive that finds the fairway, it can be like pounding a drive on a tarmac.
That's precisely what Rory McIlroy did on Thursday at Royal Aberdeen in the first round of the Scottish Open.
On the same hole that Phil Mickelson made that wild birdie from the cart path -- No. 13 -- McIlroy smashed a drive that found its way on to the green on the 436-yard hole.
That's nearly four-and-a-half football fields with one swing!
McIlroy would two-putt for birdie. He finished the round with a course record 7-under 64 to take the early clubhouse lead.
Not a bad start for McIlroy with a coveted major on the docket for next week.