Abu Dhabi: Rory McIlroy shot a 5-under 67 in the opening round on Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship for a share of the early clubhouse lead, three strokes in front of playing partner Tiger Woods.
McIlroy, the US Open champion who has had three top-five finishes in Abu Dhabi, made three birdies in his first four holes but erratic driving led to two bogeys on the next four. He steadied himself with three birdies on his back nine, including a chip-in on No. 8 from just off the green.
Robert Karlsson of Sweden also had a 67. The pair were a shot ahead of Gareth Maybin of Northern Ireland.