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McIlroy shoots 67, hits teen in head with tee shot

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Jason Blue, age 16, from Bristol is helped by medical staff and an official after being hit by a ball from Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship, Thursday, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Jason Blue, age 16, from Bristol is helped by medical staff and an official after being hit by a ball from Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship, Thursday, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy recovered after flattening a teenage spectator with an errant tee shot to finish at 3-under 67, just three shots off the lead after the first round of the British Open.

McIlroy's drive on the 15th went right, hitting a 16-year-old Jason Blue of Bristol, England, on the back of the head and leaving him dazed on the ground in a pool of blood. After his head was bandaged, Blue received a signed glove from the player.

The ball ended up out of bounds next to a burger stand. McIlroy returned to the tee and made double bogey.

The second-ranked Northern Irishman rallied with birdies at Nos. 16 and 18.

McIlroy says he thought he did well to "keep my composure and keep my concentration."

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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