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Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Masters 2012: Rory McIlroy bounces back from tough start

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Your 2:30 p.m. update

For Rory McIlroy, the start of the 2012 Masters had to feel like the 2011 Masters — awful.

He hit his first shot off the tee into the trees at Augusta National and settled for a double-bogey on the hole. Of course, he had the classic meltdown at the Masters with a bogey-7 on No. 10 last year, then came on to win the U.S. Open at Congressional, so it isn’t as if he lets these things get to him.

He quickly collected himself and birdied No. 2.


Nice pants! (BRIAN SNYDER / Reuters)
The going wasn’t much better for Phil Mickelson, another golfer with an early-afternoon tee time. His errant approach shot on No. 1 cost him and he ended up with a bogey.

Henrik Stenson leads the tournament at 5-under through 14. He’s two strokes ahead of Paul Lawrie, who is in the clubhouse with a 69. Tiger Woods is four strokes back through12.

Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms reportedly are on the way...

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