Rory Roars to a First-Round 63
By Torleif Sorenson on 2/28/14
At last year's Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy withdrew, resulting in a spot of bother for the Northern Irishman, who later apologized for his decision. But almost the entire remainder of the 2013 season was a disaster.

Rory McIlroy was a very different golfer during the first round of the 2014 Honda Classic on Thursday — carding a seven-under 63:

However, Russell Henley shot a bogey-free six-under 64, which include four straight birdies at 10, 11, 12, and 13. The second-year PGA Tour player is in second-place and looking for his second PGA Tour victory after becoming the first Tour rookie in 12 years to win in his debut.  (Seconds, anyone?)

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, a mainstay on the European Tour, is in third place after carding a solid 65.

Meanwhile, number one-ranked Tiger Woods finished the first round T-84 with a one-over 71. Starting on the 10th tee Thursday, Woods had smooth sailing, including a birdie at the 17th hole. But on the outward nine, Woods hit several potholes, including a double-bogey at 2, a bogey at the par-3 5th, and another bogey at the eighth:

"I hit it probably good enough to shoot at least three or four lower than I did. First four holes, I had good looks [at birdie putts] and didn't make any of them. I hit it good starting out, scrappy in the middle and good at the end."
Interestingly, Woods admitted to being "fooled" by slower green-speeds.

Slow greens during a PGA Tour event? Kudos to the the PGA Tour and the grounds staff for mixing up the recipe!

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