Rory McIlroy hit a 436-yard drive on Thursday at the Scottish Open

Shane Bacon

Most golfers see a 436-yard hole as a tough par-4 they hope to make par on. Most golfers are not Rory McIlroy.

On Thursday at the Scottish Open, McIlroy opened with a sizzling 7-under 64, a course record at Royal Aberdeen and the outright lead on the first day of this championship.

But that isn't why we're here. We're here because of what McIlroy did on the 13th hole. Yes, it might have been playing downwind, but that doesn't take anything away from the fact that Rory drove the green on the 436-yard par-4, an incredible smash considering most drives that travel 100 yards short of that are considered bombs.

How does this compare to some other long drives by other pros? Well, it is 39 yards longer than the longest drive on the PGA Tour all year, and 55 yards longer than any drive Rory has hit this season on the PGA Tour.

Rory two-putted for a birdie on the 13th after that drive, and had a little fun after his round about his incredible tee shot.

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Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or