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Rory McIlroy hits bogey-free 64 to share Hong Kong Open lead with Alvaro Quiros, David Horsey
HONG KONG (AP) ' U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a 6-under 64 in blustery conditions on Thursday to share the lead with Alvaro Quiros and David Horsey after the opening round of the Hong Kong Open.
The Northern Irishman hit 17 greens as most of the marquee names in the field, including defending champion Ian Poulter (71), struggled in the swirling winds at the Fanling course at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
McIlroy says "six birdies and no bogeys is always a nice way to start the tournament."
Quiros, of Spain, and Horsey, of England, shot their 64s when conditions improved later in the day.
Two-time champion Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain was fourth after a 65.
Ryder Cup players Edoardo Molinari and Padraig Harrington had 70s for a share of 29th place.