Monday 5 December 2016

Rory McIlroy makes strong start at the Northern Trust Open

Published 18/02/2016 | 21:47

Rory McIlroy hits from the fifteenth hole tee during the first round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Rory McIlroy hits from the fifteenth hole tee during the first round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy's first ever appearance at the Northern Trust Open has got off to a solid start.

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The world number three is this weekend looking to turn good performances into a first victory of the season. McIlroy has got that bid off to a good start in in California, carding a four-under-par 67 to leave him a shot off the lead.

The Northern Irishman birdied the first, 7th, 10th, 11th and 17th holes, before recovering from a bogey on the 15th with a birdie on the penultimate hole.

Chez Reavie, Bubba Watson and Luke List were top of the leaderboard, with the American trio all ending the day five-under-par. Scotland's Martin Laird ended the day three-under and 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose was joint-17th on two-under.

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