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Sunday 22 April 2018

McIlroy shares Palmer lead as Tiger starts well

Re-take: Tiger Woods reheats his drive on the third hole after going out of bounds during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill yesterday
Re-take: Tiger Woods reheats his drive on the third hole after going out of bounds during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill yesterday

Rory McIlroy set about ensuring Tiger Woods would not have the headlines all to himself on a thrilling opening day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods, who is seeking a record ninth victory at Bay Hill in just his fifth PGA Tour event since undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April 2017, carded an eventful opening 68 which included a double bogey following a drive out of bounds and a birdie from 70 feet on the seventh.

But after two missed cuts in his last four events McIlroy looked to be rediscovering his form as well ahead of the Masters as five birdies in his first 10 holes took him into a tie for the lead with Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker.

Walker had earlier eagled the 18th to set the clubhouse target, while Stenson was five under par after 11 holes.

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