2014 Honda Classic leaderboard: Rory McIlroy charges to 1st round lead

Sam Greenwood

Tiger's Nike stablemate has made a move in the afternoon at PGA National, looking much more like the guy who won here two years ago than the one who quit last season.

Unless your first name is Rory, it's time to pack up at the Honda Classic.

The afternoon wave is now out on the course at PGA National, and Rory McIlroy is the big name making a move, pulling even with morning clubhouse leader Rory Sabbatini at 5-under. McIlroy has quite the history at this event, with polar opposite results in Palm Beach the last two years. In 2012, he held off a Sunday charge and round of 62 from Tiger Woods to win the Honda and become the No. 1 player in the world. Last year, with new Nike sticks in the bag and a slew of off-the-course problems distracting him, McIlroy gave up, walking off the course and withdrawing with what he later excused as wisdom tooth problem.

McIlroy instantly apologized for that walk-off, and had to re-hash it all again this week. This year, Rory has switched up some of the Nike equipment in his bag and comes into the week in good form. He played solid in the fall and during a series of events over in Asia at the end of the 2013. He finally broke through for a win in December, edging Adam Scott at the Australian Open as the Masters champ tried to close down the Aussie triple crown. Rory then carried that over to this year and looked good in two starts in the Middle East, one of which he should have won at Abu Dhabi.

So Rory is a long way from last year's debacle, both in form and mentally, and through his first 14 holes, he's looking like the guy who won it here two years. He has yet to make a bogey, and three straight birdies to start his inward nine have pushed him into a tie with Sabbatini and two others. The highlight of the three-hole birdie stretch was this bomb from 45 feet at the 11th (via PGATour.com)

As all the big stars have stated this week, the Florida swing is the beginning of a month of Masters prep and Rory appears to be on a much better track this year.

UPDATE: McIlroy kept it rolling coming into the house, adding birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 for an inward 30 on the back nine. He's at 7-under and in sole possession of the lead with a few chasers still having a couple holes to play.

Here's a look at leaderboard with the afternoon wave still out on the course.

Place Player Score Thru
T1 Rory Sabbatini -5 F
T1 William McGirt -5 F
T1 Rory McIlroy -5 14
T1 Mark Wilson -5 12
T1 Russell Henley -5 11
T6 Brendon de Jonge -4 F
T6 Derek Ernst -4 F
T6 Tommy Gainey -4 F
T6 Brice Garnett -4 F
T6 Tyrone Van Aswegen -4 14
T11 Luke Donald -3 F
T11 Zach Johnson -3 F
T11 Will MacKenzie -3 F
T11 Luke Guthrie -3 F
T11 Brian Harman -3 F
T11 Hudson Swafford -3 F
T11 Jamie Donaldson -3 16
T11 Adam Scott -3 13
T11 Ken Duke -3 12
T11 Mark Calcavecchia -3 11
T21 Padraig Harrington -2 F
T21 James Driscoll -2 F
T21 Troy Merritt -2 F
T21 Nicholas Thompson -2 17
T21 Boo Weekley -2 14
T21 Trevor Immelman -2 11
T21 Ryan Palmer -2 10
T21 Matt Every -2 10
T21 David Hearn -2 10
T21 Matteo Manassero -2 10
T21 John Peterson -2 9
T31 Thomas Bjorn -1 F
T31 Ben Crane -1 F
T31 David Lynn -1 F
T31 Martin Flores -1 F
T31 Chris Kirk -1 F
T31 Vijay Singh -1 F
T31 Keegan Bradley -1 F
T31 Stuart Appleby -1 F
T31 Lucas Glover -1 F
T31 Kenny Perry -1 F
T31 Freddie Jacobson -1 F
T31 Jeff Overton -1 F
T31 Seung-Yul Noh -1 F
T31 Brendan Steele -1 F
T31 James Hahn -1 F
T31 David Lingmerth -1 17
T31 Nicholas Thompson -1 16
T31 Daniel Summerhays -1 15
T31 Chris Stroud -1 15
T31 Angel Cabrera -1 14
T31 Rickie Fowler -1 13
T31 George McNeill -1 11
T31 Jhonattan Vegas -1 11
T31 Lee Westwood -1 11
T31 Robert Allenby -1 11
T31 Paul Casey -1 10
T31 Ricky Barnes -1 10
T31 Jason Millard -1 8
T59 Hideki Matsuyama E F
T59 Andres Romero E F
T59 Thorbjorn Olesen E F
T59 Jason Bohn E F
T59 Harrison Frazar E F
T59 Woody Austin E F
T59 Scott Langley E F
T59 J.B. Holmes E F
T59 Tim Wilkinson E F
T59 Alan Morin E F
T59 Josh Teater E 16
T59 Steven Bowditch E 15
T59 D.A. Points E 14
T59 Retief Goosen E 14
T59 Nick Watney E 14
T59 Charles Howell III E 14
T59 Phil Mickelson E 13
T59 Graeme McDowell E 12
T59 Peter Hanson E 9
T59 Chesson Hadley E 9
T59 Jamie Lovemark E 8
T59 Derek Fathauer E 8
T81 John Rollins 1 F
T81 Jeff Maggert 1 F
T81 Morgan Hoffmann 1 F
T81 Camilo Villegas 1 F
T81 Jerry Kelly 1 F
T81 Patrick Reed 1 F
T81 Geoff Ogilvy 1 F
T81 Tiger Woods 1 F
T81 Ted Potter, Jr. 1 F
T81 Kyle Stanley 1 F
T81 Brendon Todd 1 F
T81 Spencer Levin 1 17
T81 Jason Kokrak 1 17
T81 Charlie Wi 1 16
T81 Erik Compton 1 16
T81 Stephen Gallacher 1 15
T81 Scott Brown 1 14
T81 Heath Slocum 1 14
T81 Stewart Cink 1 12
T81 Davis Love III 1 12
T81 Justin Hicks 1 11
T81 John Senden 1 10
T81 Sean O'Hair 1 10
T81 Russell Knox 1 10
T81 Jesper Parnevik 1 9
T81 Mark Silvers 1 8
T81 Brooks Koepka 1 8
T108 Charlie Beljan 2 F
T108 Johnson Wagner 2 F
T108 Martin Kaymer 2 F
T108 Tim Clark 2 F
T108 Sergio Garcia 2 F
T108 Carl Pettersson 2 F
T108 Greg Chalmers 2 F
T108 Jose Coceres 2 F
T108 Tim Herron 2 F
T108 Chad Collins 2 17
T108 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 2 15
T108 Mike Weir 2 12
T108 Y.E. Yang 2 12
T108 Cameron Tringale 2 10
T108 Brian Stuard 2 10
T108 Jim Renner 2 9
T108 Billy Hurley III 2 8
T125 Bo Van Pelt 3 F
T125 Henrik Stenson 3 F
T125 Ben Curtis 3 F
T125 John Merrick 3 F
T125 Roberto Castro 3 F
T125 Peter Uihlein 3 F
T125 D.H. Lee 3 16
T125 Stephen Ames 3 16
T125 Billy Horschel 3 14
T125 Matt Jones 3 10
T125 Jason Allred 3 9
T136 Brian Davis 4 F
T136 Charl Schwartzel 4 F
T136 Robert Garrigus 4 17
T136 Michael Thompson 4 11
T140 Ryo Ishikawa 6 F
T140 J.J. Henry 6 F
T140 Troy Matteson 6 15
143 Darren Clarke 7 F
144 Briny Baird 9 F

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