WATCH: Rory McIlroy's eagle contributes to strong return

He has completed his first round at the WGC Mexico Championship

Rory McIlroy, WGC Mexico

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays on the 11th hole, in round one of the Mexico Championship at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, Thursday, March 2, 2017. All but one of the world's top 50 golfers are contesting the World Golf Championship PGA event, which this year relocated to Mexico City from the Trump National Doral Resort in Florida. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Rory McIlroy has made a solid start in his first tournament back after seven weeks out with a rib injury.

The Northern Irishman carded an opening round 68 at the WGC Mexico Championship, that included an eagle 3 at the 6th hole.

McIlroy ends the day right in contention on 3-under par.


McIlroy also birdied the 1st and the 11th, as well as bogeying the 5th to stay in touch with the leading groups.

He is also joined on 3-under by Sergio Garcia among others, while Rickie Fowler are among those who are a shot further back. 

England's Lee Westwood led the way on 6-under through 16, two shots clear of the field, with Ross Fisher and Jimmy Walker among those finishing up on 4-under for the day.