Rory McIlroy remains in touch with the leaders at the Tour Championship

He carded a 68 after his opening round

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the fairway after teeing off the second hole during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Rory McIlroy put himself just two-off the lead after finishing his opening round at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

The four-time major winner carded a 68 to finish on 2-under.

A shaky front nine saw the Holywood golfer manage two double bogeys and a bogey, although he did also pick up three birdies.

But the back nine pushed him back into contention with four birdies in a row from the 12th to the 15th.

Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Chappell shared a lead on 4-under as McIlroy finished his round.