McIlroy and Woods played together on Thursday.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Rory McIlroy shot a 5-under 67 in the opening round 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 U.S. Open champion who has had three top-five finishes at this tournament, made three birdies in his first four holes but bogeyed two of the next four. He steadied 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.

Woods holed two birdies in a bogey-free 70, but struggled on the greens, missing several putts. Top-ranked Luke Donald shot a 71.

Leaderboard: Follow the first round in Abu Dhabi

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