Rory McIlroy's 63 leads in Dubai

Updated: January 30, 2014, 12:03 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The form that shot him to No. 1 in the world more than a year ago was on full display on Thursday in the Middle East, where Rory McIlroy made it look easy and left Tiger Woods to do some chasing.

The current No. 1 player in the world got a close-up view of some impressive driving at Emirates Golf Club, where McIlroy shot 9-under-par 63 in the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy leads the European Tour event by 2 shots over ...

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