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Irish Open day one as it happened: Rory McIlroy endures putting problems as Harrington leads Irish charge at Ballyliffin

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy had a dismal day on the greens at Ballyliffin.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy had a dismal day on the greens at Ballyliffin.
DONEGAL, IRELAND - JULY 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his tee shot on the 2nd hole during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club on July 5, 2018 in Donegal, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th July 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co Donegal, Ireland. Graeme McDowell takes part in the Pro-Am at Ballyliffin. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Tournament host Rory McIlroy is aiming for his second Irish Open success.

By Gareth Hanna and Adam McKendry

Rory McIlroy's putting problems kept him behind the leaders on the opening day of the Irish Open despite a fabulous round of golf tee to green.

The Holywood man carded a two under par round of 70, three back of leader Ryan Fox.

But, as he missed seven putts around 10 foot or under, it was a display of golf that was at very minimum good enough to see him into the outright lead.

A good putter could have been closer to 59 than 69 with Rory's game tee to green.

The leading Irishman is Padraig Harrington, who finished up in a group at -4 with an impressively controlled morning round.

Here's the Irish Open day one as it happened on our live blog:

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