Rory McIlroy pleased with Masters opener

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the final round of the 56th Kolon Korea Open 2013 at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club on October 20, 2013
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Rory McIlroy insists that he was pleased with his score of 71 in the first round of The Masters.

Rory McIlroy has said that he is pleased with his performance in the first round of The Masters in Augusta, in which he carded a one-under-par score of 71.

The world number nine currently lies three shots behind clubhouse leader Bill Haas, but he was quick to stress the difficulty of the course.

"When I saw the pin positions I thought they didn't want people to get too many under par," BBC Sport quotes him as saying. "The greens are drying out quickly, anything under par is good. By Sunday they are going to be pretty dicey."

He added: "I'm feeling good with my game and came in here relaxed to try and enjoy the week. If I can do that and not get ahead of myself then hopefully I'll give myself a great chance."

Haas currently leads the way with a score of four-under in the first round.

Rory McIlroy in action during the third day of the PGA Championship on August 10, 2013
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