McIlroy (70) closes with back-to-back bogeys in Rd. 1


NORTON, Mass. – Rory McIlroy was happy with his ball-striking in Friday’s start of the Deutsche Bank Championship, but not as pleased with his short game.

McIlroy closed out with back-to-back bogeys shooting a 1-under-par 70 at TPC Boston.

“Disappointed with the way I finished,” McIlroy said. “But I felt tee to green, the way I drove the ball, hit my irons, for the most part it was very good. I had a couple good up and downs, as well, but I just need to tidy up around the greens a little bit. I had two three-putts out there, obviously not very nice to finish with a three-putt.”

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McIlroy was three shots behind the early leaders as he left scoring. He’s making just his second start since injuring his left ankle playing soccer the first week of July. He finished 17th in his return at the PGA Championship three weeks ago.

“I took quite a lot of positives from the PGA,” McIlroy said. “And I've kept going here. I felt like I hit the ball very well. These greens are probably the fastest I've putted on in a while.”