McIlroy happy with his first round

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Rory McIlroy was delighted with his efforts in the first round of the USPGA after carding a solid one-under-par 71.

Rory McIlroy was delighted with his efforts in the first round of the USPGA after carding a solid one-under-par 71.

Making his debut in the event, the Northern Irish youngster mixed three birdies with two bogeys during his opening 18 holes but was pleased with his consistency.

McIlroy struggled badly in his previous two outings finishing 47th at The Open and tied for 68th at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but felt he has rediscovered something like his best form despite not quite getting the rewards on his scorecard.

“It was a very solid round,” he stated. “It was quite the opposite to what I was playing like last week, so it was nice to turn it around.”

McIlroy made a flying start and had reached three-under during the early stages of the tournament, but slipped back after dropping shots at the 16th and par-four first.

“I wasn’t able to keep it going but I felt as if I played very solid today,” he added.

“I didn’t put myself in too many bad spots so I was happy with one-under.

“I gave myself a lot of chances which wasn’t like me the last few weeks.

“The last two tournaments I’ve played have been a really big grind, just trying to make pars and trying to shoot somewhere around level par.

“But I actually feel after today that I can go around this golf course and shoot a good number. Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come this week.”

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