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Trump controversy doesn't seem to affect McIlroy as he cards solid opening in Mexico

The only blemish on the scorecard was a dropped shot at the 4th.

Image: David Davies

RORY MCILROY DIDN’T seem to be too affected by the recent storm of controversy that overshadowed his preparations for this weekend’s World Golf Championship in Mexico.

The 27-year-old carded a 3-under-par 68 for his opening round, to leave him just one shot behind the leaders.

Should McIlroy win the tournament, he’ll reclaim the top spot in the world rankings for the first time since August 2015.  And he’s in a decent position after day one.

Beginning on the back nine, he birdied the par-five 11th and racked up a litany of successive pars while there was a further birdie at the first before a terrific eagle at the 6th.

The only blemish on the scorecard was a dropped shot at the 4th.

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Eoin O'Callaghan

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