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McIlroy off to a strong start at

Lynne Sladky

McIlroy off to a start at Honda

Rory of Northern Ireland, hits out of a onto the 18th green the first round of the Honda golf tournament, Thursday, 27, 2014, in Palm Beach Fla. McIlroy ended the day at 7 par. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

off to a strong start at Honda

off to a strong start at Honda

off to a strong start at Honda

off to a strong start at Honda

off to a strong start at Honda

off to a strong start at Honda

Friday, February 28, 2014 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Fri Feb 28, 2014.

BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rory McIlroy isn’t in recent history at the Honda — good or bad.

Two years ago, McIlroy four rounds in the 60s at PGA National for a victory that moved him to No. 1 in the for the first time in his career. It was a of big things to come, for Boy Wonder on to win the PGA Championship, five times the world and the money title on the PGA and European Tour.

And then was last year.

The newest in the Nike galaxy, McIlroy up at PGA National with expectations far exceeded his game — a missed cut in Abu a first-round loss in the Match Championship. So when he was 7-over par eight holes on the second he walked off the course and didn’t until he was in his car and headed home. It was a he said he would never

Thursday brought another of McIlroy and the Honda Classic.

With some long putts, a few key saves, three to start the back nine and two at the end, McIlroy had a 7-under 63 to a one-shot lead over Henley after the first

It’s not like I was out there about what had happened year or what had happened the before that when I McIlroy said. It’s a new It’s on a tough golf and I need to focus all my energy and into playing these 18

You can’t really let any other creep into your because it is such a tough course and you can’t really concentration out here.

You’ve got to on point the whole time.

he was. It was the second time year that McIlroy with a 63. He also did that at the Desert Classic, though wound up tying for ninth neither he nor anyone else keep up with Stephen

Even so, the 24-year-old from Ireland is trending in the right

Coming in this week, I that I was playing well and I wanted to try and get off to a good start, he Regardless of what happened year or where it is, it’s nice to shoot a round this and get yourself in the mix early.

Woods wouldn’t know the so far this year.

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In first in a month, Woods couldn’t a birdie putt early and had to for pars late in his round. A on the last hole gave him a 71, him eight shots behind.

I hit it starting out, hit it kind of in the middle and then hit it good at the Woods said. But it was just one or the I either hit it good and missed the and then scrap around and a putt.

In his other two events this Woods was eight shots after the opening round at Pines and five shots at Dubai. He goes into the round Friday outside the cut

Henley opened with birdies in six holes before he off for a 64. Past champion Rory was at 65 with William McGirt and Donaldson of Wales.

Zach was four shots behind and about his 67. He hit two shots into the on his way to a quadruple-bogey 8 on his second hole of the The former Masters champ with seven birdies to get in the game.

It was a day where it could gone the other way — quick, said.

Masters champion Scott, in his first event in six opened with a 68. British champion Phil Mickelson had a 70.

McIlroy has been shifting since late last which he closed out with a win at the Open. He had chances to win in Abu Dhabi and and he played well in a second-round to Harris English last at Match Play.

But this like the McIlroy who won two majors, by eight shots, bobbing the fairways and swinging with no It helped to make a few putts, as the 25-foot birdie on No. 2 and a 45-foot putt on No. 11. He had a few par saves that him motoring along, such as the from 40 yards at No.

9, making a from just outside 10

He took off from there. He hit 8 feet for birdie on the 493-yard hole, made the long one at No. 11 and stuffed a gap wedge into 6 on No. 12.

You can’t fake it around McIlroy said. You have to well to shoot good and I was able to do that today.

put last year behind though it was hard to ignore the

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