Holywood’s Rory McIlroy is in contention at the Canadian Open after a three under par opening round.
He shot a 67 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Starting his round at the 10th hole , McIlroy was two under par at the turn after birdies at 10, 14, 17 but dropped a shot at the 12th.
Back-to-back birdies at holes three and four had McIlroy -4 with five holes to play but a bogey at the seventh saw the Holywood man slip out of the top 10.
“I really feel like it was the worst I could have shot out there. I played very well,” McIlroy told reporters. “I hit it much better off the tee, and that was a big key. You have to play out of these fairways to give yourself chances.
“Definitely an improvement on how I played last week at the Memorial,” McIlroy said.
“A little bit of work that I did over the weekend and at the start of the week has seemed to fit in quite nicely. Obviously a lot of low scores. I felt like I could have gone a few lower, but it’s golf.”