NORTON, Mass. – It wasn’t exactly the round Rory McIlroy was hoping for, but after last week’s start at The Barclays the world No. 1’s 1-under 70 at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday was progress.
After starting out with three birdies through his first four holes, McIlroy had to claw his way in with four bogeys and just two more birdies.
Still, it was an improvement over his opening 74 last week at The Barclays that led to his worse finish on the PGA Tour (T-22) since the U.S. Open.
“I got off to a great start, (but) a little disappointed that I couldn't keep it going after the first few holes,” said McIlroy, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2012. “It was tricky out there. The wind was up. The greens are firmer than they ever have been since I've been coming here.”
There was also a silver lining for McIlroy on TPC Boston’s greens. After a poor putting week at The Barclays, he managed to roll in a 34 footer for birdie at the 11th hole and a 21-foot birdie putt at the seventh.