McIlroy takes the lead at Honda Classic

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (AP) -- McIlroy takes the lead at Honda Classic
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DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Rory McIlroy birdied his last two holes Thursday for a 7-under 63 to take the lead after one round of the Honda Classic.

It was quite a turnaround for McIlroy, who last year was 7 over through eight holes of the second round when he walked off PGA National out of frustration. He looked more like the free-wheeling kid who won this tournament two years ago to rise to No. 1 in the world.

McIlroy buried a few long putts to help the cause, though his game was solid through a cloudy afternoon.

He was one shot ahead of Russell Henley, who birdied five of his opening six holes before cooling.

Tiger Woods, playing for the first time in a month, was eight shots behind after a 71.


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