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McIlroy buries bad memories at PGA National open with 63

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The Canadian Press
2/27/2014 6:07:23 PM
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- 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.

David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., opened with a 3-under 67. Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., shot a 72, and Calgary's Stephen Ames was another shot back at 73.

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

Rory McIlroy (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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