Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods: Who Has the Upper Hand at the British Open

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Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods:  Who Has the Upper Hand at the British Open

It's difficult to establish what player has the upper hand as we move into the second round of the British Open, held at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Wind and firmness are often the protective elements of a links course, but they weren't crucial factors in the opening round, effectively yielding many birdies and low scores.

21-year-old Rory McIlroy nearly shattered a major championship record en route to his nine-under par 63.

Tiger Woods established a rhythm reminiscent of his old, dominating self, carding a five-under par 67.

John Daly chose once more to not consult a mirror before hitting the links, but his outrageous outfit appeared to have no effect on his ability to pummel drives and drain putts as he recorded a six-under par 66.

But, if the players atop the leader board are forced to endure the torrential downpour and gusty, Scottish winds in round two, who knows what may unfold.

So which players actually have the upper hand on the eve of the second round at the Open Championship?

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