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McIlroy leads Dubai Desert Classic

Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM   |   Comments

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Rory McIlroy fired a 9-under-par 63 Thursday and owns the lead after the first round of the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy, returning to the site of his first European Tour win in 2009, had seven birdies and an eagle for a 63 and two-stroke lead over Edoardo Molinari. Molinari had an eagle at the par-4, 351-yard second hole and posted one bogey on the day, that coming at the par-5 18th.

Matthew Baldwin, Stephen Gallacher, Damien McGrane, Julien Quesne and Richard Sterne are tied for third at 6-under 66.

Gallacher, the tournament defending champion, played in the same group as McIlroy and world No. 1-ranked Tiger Woods. Woods had a bogey-free, 4-under 68. He had nine consecutive pars to complete his round.

McIlroy played the second nine of the Emirates Golf Club first Thursday and opened with two pars. He then posted three straight birdies and added birdies at 16 and 18 in making the turn at 5-under.

He had a birdie at the second hole and eagled the par-5, 568-yard third hole with a 10-foot putt. He got to 9-under with a birdie at the par-3 seventh.

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