Sunday 25 June 2017

Rory McIlroy content with opening round 70 after adjusting to green speed

Rory McIlroy reads the green on the 11th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton
Rory McIlroy reads the green on the 11th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Rory McIlroy admitted he was still adjusting to the fast greens at the Deutsche Bank Championship after shooting an opening round 70 in Boston today.

The world number one admitted that he was still finding his feet after his recent injury lay-off and completed his round in one under par and believes he will be in contention in what is his fifth appearance at the tournament.

McIlroy balanced out two bogeys with two birdies on the front nine before finishing the round with birdies at 16 and 18, but admitted he was taken aback by the greens.

"These greens are probably the fastest I have putted on in a while," he said afterwards.

"The greens in Whistling aren't too quick and before that, I wouldn't call them greens at Chambers Bay.

"These were a bit of an adjustment. I was hitting the ball a little too hard at times at misreading.

"I hit a lot of good putts today that didn't go in and that was probably to do with the speed.

The 26-year-old says he is feeling comfortable after his time on the sidelines from an injury picked up during a game of football with friends.

"I took quite a lot of positives from the PGA a couple of weeks ago.

"I've kept going here, I felt I hit the ball very well.

"It was still a solid score in these conditions and I don't think I'll be too far behind at the end of the day."

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