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McIlroy not holding back in New Jersey

9th August 2019, 07:10 by Alex Jack

Rory McIlroy says he will continue with his aggressive approach after he shot 65 in Thursday's opening round of The Northern Trust.

The 30-year-old finds himself in the mix, with just three shots separating the Northern Irishman from overnight leader Troy Merritt.

As Brooks Koepka struggled with a disappointing round of 70, McIlroy is adamant he will continue taking on the New Jersey course in a bid to stay in contention this weekend.

"It's so soft out there, so you need to shoot low scores this week to have a chance," McIlroy said. "Obviously, I'm still three shots behind the lead at this point and there are some pretty good players that have shot good scores, so just going to try to have to keep the foot down.

"There's not much rough out there, so it's sort of 'bombs away' with the driver and try to get it up as far as you can, and go from there. It's definitely a golf course that you're going to have to keep being aggressive this week.

"The par-fives are all reachable and there are a couple of shorter par-fours, and if you take care of your business on those gettable holes, it's hard to get yourself really out of position or short-side yourself that you're struggling for pars."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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