World number one McIlroy one shot behind on Bay Hill

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McIlroy is looking for his 19th title on the PGA TourArnold Palmer Invitational first round leaderboard-7 M Every (US); -6 R McIlroy (NI); -5 T Gooch (US), S Scheffler (US); -4 S Burns (USA), C Bezuidenhout (SA), T Hatton (USA), B Todd (USA), K Mitchell (USA), G McDowell (NI) Selected others: -3 M Wallace (Eng), I Poulter (Spooky); -2 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), P Reed (USA); -1 D Willett (Eng); +1 J Rose (Eng); +2 P Harrington (Ire), L Westwood (Eng); +3 R Knox (Sco) +5 A Scott (Aus), P Mickelson (US)

World number one Rory McIlroy is one blow behind the lead after the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida after a six-under 66

The Northern Irishman, who won the event in 2018, started from the 10th hole and carded an eagle and five birds.

Matt Every, whose two PGA Tour titles came to this event in 2014 and 2015, leads after a bogey-free 65.

Tommy Fleetwood, who made his first PGA Tour victory last week missed after bogeying the latter, opened with a 76.

Florida native Every, 36, which is ranked 308 places lower than McIlroy, missed the cut at Honda Classic last week after a second round 85. " Sometimes I'm really good, sometimes I'm really bad, "he admitted.

Tyrrell Hatton is the best-placed Englishman after five little birds in a 68, accompanied by Graeme McDowell from Northern Ireland who is a 20-foot to birdie in the la st in challenging late afternoon conditions, with Matt Wallace a further back after starting the 10th with four consecutive birdies.

This year, McIlroy leads the PGA Tour scoring average with 68,205 and finished in the top five of all six events he played this season.

The four-fold big winner, whose last tournament victory came at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in November, dropped a shot at his second hole after finding water but took seven hits in his last 12 holes.

After a three-foot approach to the first he

Tiger Woods, an eight-time event winner, played a beautiful three-iron to 23 feet of a fairway bunker on the 587- par-five yard fourth and rolled in the putt for an eagle. absent this week and playing a very limited schedule before defending his Masters title next month, while defending champion Francesco Molinari withdrew due to a back injury.

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