Two birdies, one hole: Rory McIlroy plays around pheasant at Open Championship

The story of Rory & the pheasant.

The story of Rory & the pheasant.

The story of Rory & the pheasant.

 You know the omens of black cats. And you've seen alligators and turtles visit the fairways of courses in the southern United States. But what does it mean when a pheasant walks across your line? If you're Rory McIlroy, it means all's right with the world:

Rory would birdie the hole, the 8th, and at the turn held a three-stroke lead. This marks a sharp departure for McIlroy, who in the past has had difficulty playing on Fridays. But when he's won his two majors, he's done so in runaway fashion. Could that be the case again this weekend? It's certainly possible.

Less likely is the fact that this conversation actually took place at Royal Liverpool:

 Anyway, it's looking very good for McIlroy so far. If he does win, we expect a thank you to that pleasant pheasant in the Claret Jug ceremony.

Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Facebook or on Twitter.

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