McIlroy looking to cut out silly errors

Rory McIlroy is confident that his game is improving despite a poor first round at the Shell Houston Open.

The former world number one carded a one-over-par 73 on Thursday to leave himself nine shots behind first round leader D.A Points. McIlory was slow to get going, taking the turn on three over, but three birdies in four holes from the tenth got him back to level par before a bogey at 17 left him over par for the day.

Despite this, the Northern Irishman insists he felt there were positives to take from the round.

“I felt like I hit the ball okay. I think if I just eliminate the stupid mistakes – I made double on the par five on the front nine and made a couple of silly bogeys,” he explained.

“If I can just not do that and keep playing the way I’m playing, I feel like I’m playing okay.

“I just tried to commit to myself a little more on the back nine and seemed to help,” he added.

“So, a couple of loose shots here and there, but all in all, it was a tricky day, and if I could have got it back to even par, I would have been pretty happy, but I’m 1-over par and hopefully the conditions are a little calmer tomorrow morning and go throughout and make some more birdies.”

With one eye on next month’s Masters, McIlroy is hopefully he’ll have hit his straps before he heads to Augusta.

“I think I’m still a little bit tentative on the golf course and not committing to my shots fully,” he said, “but I think that just takes time and hopefully another three rounds this week and some good scores will give me confidence going into the Masters.”