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Published: 00:43 | 27/8/16

McIlroy feeling good after injury

Rory McIlroy says his game is only now back to where it was before the ankle injury he suffered in 2015.

McIlroy ruptured his ankle ligaments just nine days before the start of the 2015 Open, and although he returned to action two months later, the Northern Irishman says he only now feels he is back playing close to his best.

The 27-year-old shot a two-under-par round on day two of The Barclays on Friday, his first appearance since missing the cut at the PGA Championship almost a month ago, to lie two under for the tournament.

The world number five followed up his first-round level par by shooting four birdies and two bogeys in a second round 69 at Bethpage Black.

"I think one of the big things I'm really excited about are things are back to where they were before my ankle injury," McIlroy, who lies six shots behind leader Patrick Reed, told Sky Sports.

"Even in the first part of this year my ball speed, my swing speed wasn't up to where I wanted it to be, but with that I can fully commit so I'm really happy with that.

"My wedge play hasn't been as good as I wanted it to be but off the tee and approach play from 150 and out has been great. Things I need to work on are from 150 in and obviously my putting."

The Barclays is the first of four FedEx Cup events, with the overall winner taking home $10m (£7.6m).

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