MARANA, Ariz. -- No. 1 overall seed Rory McIlroy and No. 2 overall Tiger Woods have both reached the back nine in their first-round matches ... and neither one is having an easy time of it.
McIlroy is all square through 10 holes in his match against Shane Lowry, while Woods is 1 down to Charles Howell III through nine holes.
McIlroy, who reached the finals here last year before losing to Hunter Mahan, has struggled to find his game. He has three bogeys and one double bogey against just one birdie and yet has not trailed in the match. Lowry has four bogeys and two birdies.
Woods has played steady, with a birdie at the fifth hole and pars everywhere else. But Howell has avoided trouble too, and has two birdies and no bogeys.