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McIlroy takes the lead at Honda Classic
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Golfer Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
February 27, 2014, 5:50 pm

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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