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Rory McIlroy happy to be in contention

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Rory McIlroy admits that it is a relief to be in contention for the first time this year following a round of 67 at the Texas Open.

Rory McIlroy has admitted that he is delighted to be in contention for a tournament win for the first time this season.

The Northern Irishman posted 67 on day two of the Texas Open to head into the third round just three shots behind leader Billy Horschel.

However, McIlroy believes that his second-round performance shows how his game is improving ahead of the Masters next week.

The former world number one said: "I'm looking forward to getting into contention. I haven't really been in contention this year and it'll be nice to get in the mix.

"I want to play well and know if I play well, I'll have a great chance to win. I knew the conditions were good and you had to take advantage of it."

McIlroy won five tournaments in 2012 but is yet to record a victory this year.

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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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