Rory McIlroy joint leader in Ohio

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Updated: June 3, 2011

Rory McIlroy is joint leader of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, after shooting an opening round of 66.

The Irish player shares the lead with Chris Riley after the opening day, following his six-under-par effort. McIlroy birdied three holes in a row from the sixth and was pleased with his performance.

“I was really happy with the way I played today,’ McIlroy told pgatour.com.

“I got off to a little bit of a scrappy start on my front nine, which was the back nine. I got it up and down a few times just to keep myself around one or two under par and then found a few birdies on the way in, which was the bulk of my birdies.I’m happy with 66, it’s a great way to start the tournament.

“This is one of my favourite weeks of the year and one of my favourite golf courses. I feel as if it really does set up well for me. I like these sort of golf courses, the likes of here and Akron and Quail Hollow, and I sort of feel as if I’m pretty comfortable on courses like that.I’m swinging well, I’m hitting it good, and I’m holing a few putts, so hopefully I can keep it going for the next three days”.

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