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Rory McIlroy still has chance of further Quail Hollow glory

By Martin Kelly

Rory McIlroy is still in the shake-up in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow - a venue that holds such happy memories for the Ulsterman - despite a damaging double bogey at the 17th.

McIlroy won his first ever PGA Tour title at the Charlotte, North Carolina course back in 2010 - and has landed four Majors since as well as progressing to his current billing as world number one.

American Robert Streb was the early clubhouse leader with a superb seven under par 65.

McIlroy was always in the frame thanks to six birdies, although bogies at two and 11 and a crushing double bogey at 17 hurt his cause in the $7.1million event, leaving the 26-year-old on two under par after shooting 70.

McIlroy is tournament host for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down at the end of the month.

Leader Streb's 65 was his best score since a first-round 63 at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January.

Streb revealed a slight adjustment in his putting set-up has helped him get his game back on track.

"Everything is kind of trending the right way at the moment," he said.

"Last week (at the Players Championship) was the first time in a while I felt like I had putted pretty solid.

"Sometimes you get rolling," he added.

Meanwhile, Royal County Down-bound Sergio Garcia gave himself a mountain to climb to challenge for a second Open de Espana after a poor start.

Garcia, who lost a play-off to Rickie Fowler for the Players Championship at Sawgrass on Sunday, could only manage a three-over-par 75 at El Prat to finish 10 shots behind leader Trevor Fisher of South Africa.

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