28 Feb '14, 2am

The Upshot: Rory shows the difference a year can make: #PGATOUR

The Upshot: Rory shows the difference a year can make: #PGATOUR

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Rory McIlroy said earlier in the week that last year’s Honda Classic felt like a long time ago. Thursday, he played like it. McIlroy shot a 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Russell Henley after the opening round at PGA National. It was quite a turnaround from 2013 for McIlroy, who walked off the course in frustration in the middle of his second round after playing his first eight holes in 7 over. This time, McIlroy was in total control of his game and himself, making seven birdies and no bogeys. He also made a couple of lengthy putts, including a 45-footer for birdie on the par-4 11th. “I've reached a point now where I'm very comfortable with everything in my game and my swing,” McIlroy said. It has largely looked that way since late last year when McIlroy strung together fifth and sixth-place finishes in Asia before winning in Australia....

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