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McIlroy content with positive start in California

14th February 2020, 08:02 by Alex Jack

Rory McIlroy says he feels good after a 68 left him four shots off the lead after the Genesis Invitational first round.

The world number one made a sluggish start in cold conditions at Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles but soon started to find his rhythm to produce a strong round that included two eagles.

The Northern Irishman felt he improved as the round went on and was pleased with how it came together in the end.

"(It was) good after the start," he told Sky Sports. "I was one over through seven, missed a couple of short ones early on and then went through a stretch of missing a lot of greens.

"I got it up and down on 13, 14, 15, so that was nice to not drop any shots there and then the eagle on 17 kick-started things for me a little bit. I played my second nine a lot better than I played my first nine so I feel good."

American Matt Kuchar is the clubhouse leader and three shots clear of the chasing pack after shooting a seven-under-par 64 on Thursday.

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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