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McIlroy endures mixed opening round

ESPN staff
August 29, 2014
Rory McIlroy made four bogeys and five birdies overall © AP

Rory McIlroy shot a one-under 70 as he endured a mixed opening round at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Having started on the back nine, McIlroy made three birdies in his first four holes but bogeyed three of his last five at TPC Boston, and trails leader Ryan Palmer by seven shots.

With four bogeys and five birdies overall, McIlroy's round was still a big improvement on his opening 74 at The Barclays last week, which led to his worst finish on the PGA Tour, in a share of 22nd place, since the US 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 tournament 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."

Ryan Palmer shot an eight-under 63 to take the lead, with compatriot Keegan Bradley two shots back.

Jason Day, Webb Simpson and Chesson Hadley are tied for third a further shot back. Ian Poulter is tied for sixth on four under, with Luke Donald in a share of 17th after a 69.

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