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Determined Rory into the swing of training

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy cannot leave his new fitness regime alone, insisting the more he works out the better his game becomes, as he targets success at the Northern Trust Open.

The World No.3 shared an Instagram video of an impromptu workout during the wait in between rounds, accompanied by the caption: 'A little bored in the hotel room this afternoon, so decided to get a core workout in with my trx. Excited for round 2 tomorrow!!'

A muscled McIlroy, who carded a four-under-par 67 in his opening round, is seen taking part in a suspension training exercise using TRX apparatus attached to the back of his hotel door - shortly after dismissing the potential risk of injury from his intense training methods.

The Ulsterman turned to using heavy weights six years ago in a bid to prevent injury.

McIlroy does not share concerns expressed by veteran golfer Brandel Chamblee that his regime could leave him with back problems similar to those suffered by Tiger Woods.

"I definitely feel like the more I got into exercise and fitness and everything, the better my game became," he said.

"I think from the start of 2011, the direct correlation between leading a healthier lifestyle and my performance on the course was the same."

Meanwhile, Australia's Nathan Holman continued his brilliant start to the 2016 season to claim the halfway lead in the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

Holman had played just 15 European Tour events coming into the new campaign but claimed a maiden win at the Australian PGA Championship in December and went on to secure top-40 finishes in Qatar and Dubai.

And the 24-year-old from Melbourne carried on where he left off at Royal Selangor Golf Club, adding a 65 to his opening 64 to reach 13 under par, two shots ahead of England's Richard Bland. "I think today's round was just as good," he said.

Darren Clarke and Michael Hoey have failed to make the halfway cut. Both finished on six over par.

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