With morning skies pleasantly sunny and calm for the first round of the
McIlroy's six-under-par 66 put him one stroke ahead of
For McIlroy, Thursday's impressive start reinforced a recent pattern. The golfer from Northern Ireland has been getting out fast -- but he hasn't always been able to hang on for the win.
"Maybe it's having higher expectations going out on a Friday because you shot a low round," he told reporters, adding that he hoped to "put those expectations aside."