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PALM BEACH Fla. — There are many to the PGA National Spa and Resort, which the Honda Classic annually.

are three 18-hole golf including the championship course on the tournament is played. There is an pool area. There are and restaurants everywhere, including a lobby bar that reverberates into the night during week.

There also is a center, a croquet lawn, a gym and a

There is, however, no roller on property — except, seemingly, Rory McIlroy plays the Classic.

Two years ago, won the tournament and rose to the No. 1 world for the first time in his career.

Last year, so exasperated his game, his new Nike equipment and his psyche, McIlroy quit the on his 27th hole, marching off the and directly to his car on his ninth hole 18) of the second round.


There are still three to play after he shot an 7-under-par 63 Thursday to take a lead into Friday’s round, but suffice it to say that, for the consecutive year, there be drama associated with

The scene following his opening was in stark contrast to the goings on a ago, when after his approach shot into the on the 18th hole, he abruptly the hands of his two playing partners, Els and Mark Wilson, and stormed to his car a petulant teenager.

On Thursday, birdied that same hole he never completed in year’s second round and off the green to thunderous cheers and a welcome from his tennis-star Caroline Wozniacki.

It left you how far removed from this McIlroy must have when he walked off the course a ago, whether he ever he’d regain that that elevated him to world No. 1 if so, how long it might take to get there.

“Golf’s a very, very game, because when on and you’re playing the way I’m playing now and feeling very comfortable everything, you wonder how it ever so uncomfortable,’’ McIlroy said. then when it feels so you wonder how it ever felt so It’s just a tiny that needs to click.’’

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His clicked in a big way around the turn, with an 11-foot par-save he made on No. 9, which catapulted him to consecutive birdies on Nos. 10, 11 he buried a 45-foot …) and 12.

That stretch was the catalyst to his 5-under-par 30, leaving playing Adam Scott impressed.

“He pretty sharp,’’ Scott “All of a sudden a couple went in and he was in gear, and when a player like Rory it’s in gear you just to go. That’s what he did and it was pretty to He’s in a good place his golf, that’s for sure.’’

McIlroy, in fact, is in a good with everything, freshly and playing well again.

in a great place; I couldn’t be he said. “We’ve got a home in Palm Beach, personal is great, looking forward to married at some point in the I feel like if everything’s off the course, then it helps me better on it. Yeah, I couldn’t be in a place right now.’’

If searching for omens, McIlroy’s 63 was shots better than any of the rounds he carded in 2012, he won at 12-under par with rounds of

Where will the roller take him next? Strap in and tuned. The ride has only begun.

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