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Published: 10:18 | 5/3/16

McIlroy happy with putting performance

Rory McIlroy says he feels comfortable with his new cross-handed putting technique after carding a seven-under 65 on the second day of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

The Northern Irishman hit eight birdies and just one bogey at Doral to lie just two shots behind leader Adam Scott at the halfway point.

The world number three, who needed 33 putts in his opening-round 71, says he feels more comfortable with the changes he has made to his short game after tweaking his technique as a response to missing the cut at last week's Honda Classic at PGA National.

"I felt like I struck the ball well yesterday. I just did not have the pace on the greens and that's to be expected when you go to a new grip and are thinking more about technique than speed and feel," McIlroy told Sky Sports.

"I did a bit of work on the putting green last night and it paid off today," he continued.

The four-time major winner says he feels positive about the final two days in Miami after sinking a 20-foot putt on the 18th hole of the Blue Monster course.

"I saw Adam had got to 10 (under) so I did not want to be too far behind going into the weekend," he said.

"It's great to see putts like that go in. Those are the putts I have not been holing over the last few months.

"When you see putts go in, you do get confidence from that. As the days go by, the more comfortable this will become and the more I can think about feel and picking the right line instead of where my hands are on the grip.

"Today I saw a big improvement so I'm very happy."

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