Sentry Tournament of Champions: Rory McIlroy three shots back in Hawaii

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McIlroy had 1.882 putts per green in regulation in round one with his new putter, the joint 26th best in the tournament
Sentry Tournament of Champions first-round leaderboard
-7 K Tway (US); -6 G Woodland (US), J Thomas (US), D Johnson (US); -5 M Leishman (Aus); -4 A Putnam (US), A Landry (US), P Kizzire (US), R McIlroy (NI), B DeChambeau (US)
Selected others: -3 P Reed (US), J Rahm (Spa); -2 I Poulter (Eng); Level P Casey (Eng), F Molinari (Ita)

World number eight Rory McIlroy was three shots off the lead after the opening round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

The 29-year-old Northern Irishman, using a new mallet-style putter, birdied three of the last four holes to return a four-under 69.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson is second after seven birdies in a 67.

Kevin Tway, who won his first PGA Tour title in October, leads by one after a bogey-free 66.

Englishman Ian Poulter, the world number 40, had a double bogey in a 71 and compatriot Paul Casey mixed three birdies with three bogeys in a 73.

Open champion Francesco Molinari also finished at level par at the Kapalua resort’s Plantation course in Maui after compiling three birdies and three bogeys.



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