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Comfortable Rory McIlroy back in the groove

The world number two carded a five-under 67 to be tied with six others at the top of the leaderboard in North Carolina.

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TIED FOR THE lead, Rory McIlroy said he felt comfortable during his opening round at the Wells Fargo Championship.

World number two, McIlroy carded a five-under 67 to be tied with six others at the top of the leaderboard through round one.

A run of four straight birdies from holes five to eight got the Northern Irishman off to an ideal start, and after trading two bogeys with two birdies, he picked up another stroke on 18 to sign off on a high. And McIlroy said he felt relaxed at the Quail Hollow Club, having taken time off following the Masters in April.

“I feel a lot more comfortable with my swing and a lot more comfortable with where my game is at, so that’s always going to make it easier,” he said. “But I love this golf course. I seem to play well around here, so that is also an added benefit.”

McIlroy said the greens were a little bit on the rough side in North Carolina.

“We’re spoiled out here that most weeks we play and we get perfect golf courses and this is a week where everything is perfect. (It’s) just the greens aren’t quite as good as what they usually are. But it’s more the soft conditions… I think a lot of the guys will take advantage of that this week.”

He admitted his game had came on in leaps and bounds from his lethargic opening to 2013, as he was embarking on a new beginning with Nike clubs in his bag.

“I think it’s big strides because my game wasn’t where it should have been at all at the start of the year. (I) got into a couple of bad habits on my swing, and it just took me a little bit of time to get out of them. But now that I feel like I’m swinging it well, this is the sort of golf I expect to play.”

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