I need to find a higher gear, admits Rory
Rory McIlroy admitted he needs to improve his performance on the greens at Ballyliffin if he is to contend for a second Dubai Duty Free Irish Open title.
The Ulsterman was delighted with his ball-striking during his opening two-under-par 70 at the County Donegal links, but he was frustrated at missing a number of chances to have been closer - or ahead of - early leader Ryan Fox, on five under.
"It could have been a lot better," said the tournament host. "It's the best I've hit the ball in a long time. My iron play was good as well, but I just struggled on the greens."
Padraig Harrington thrilled the crowd and made a mockery of 66-1 odds with a super 68.
Harrington said: "I know if I just stay patient, hopefully I'll manage it well enough to get myself into position with nine holes to go."