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

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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