WATCH: Rory McIlroy puts himself right in the mix at Northern Trust Open

World No 3 finished first round on 4-under

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 2nd hole during 3rd round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Rory McIlroy is just a shot off the lead at the Northern Trust Open.

The world number three carded five birdies and just one bogey in California as he carded a 4-under par 67 for his opening round.


He is just behind the leading trio of Luke List, Bubba Watson and Chez Reavie who are all on 5-under par.

Padraig Harrington carded a level par 71 for his opening round.