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Rory McIlroy content with first-round performance in Shanghai

McIlroy: 'I played solid golf'
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Rory McIlroy declares himself pleased with his "solid" round of golf on the first day of the BMW Masters.

Rory McIlroy has claimed that his first-round performance in the BMW Masters was 'solid but not spectacular'.

The world number one is five shots behind leader Jamie Donaldson but was left subdued by his fourth-place finish after the opening day.

"It was okay," said McIlroy. "I didn't feel I did anything spectacularly out there. I just played some solid golf.

"The targets on this golf course are big... big fairway, big greens so you're going to give yourself plenty of chances out there.

"It was a good, solid round of golf."

Tiger Woods recently insisted that he is relishing his rivalry with McIlroy at the top of the world rankings.

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