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Herman takes first-day lead at Honda

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy hit a 2-iron out of play on his opening hole and made a double bogey.

A wind with gusts that approached 35 mph provided a rude welcome to just about everyone Thursday at the Honda Classic except for Jim Herman, who somehow made it around PGA National without a bogey for a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead.

McIlroy managed to salvage a tough day with by holing a 30-foot birdie putt and two-putting for birdie on the 18th hole for a 3-over 73. It was his highest score to par since he opened with a 3-over 74 at The Barclays seven months ago. And he didn't seem too bothered.

The world's No. 1 player was competing for the first time since he won in Dubai a month ago. And he wasn't alone. He played with Dustin Johnson, who birdied his last two holes for a 77, and Phoenix Open winner Brooks Koepka, who shot a 78.

Only 19 players managed to break par.

Herman didn't mind the wind, though he moved to south Florida more than a decade ago and was surprised earlier in the week when there wasn't hardly any wind at all. Even with a 65, it still wasn't easy. He twice saved par from the fairway and rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole.

Brendan Steele pitched in from about 35 yards to save bogey on the 14th hole, a key moment in his round of 66. Martin Flores, Kapalua winner Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington were at 67. U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer was among those at 68.

LPGA THAILAND: At Chonburi, Thailand, Taiwan's Yani Tseng shot a 6-under 66 in the LPGA Thailand for a share of the first-round lead with American rivals Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang.

Tseng, the 2011 and 2012 winner, had seven birdies and a bogey on Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course. She won the last of her 15 LPGA Tour titles in 2012.

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn was a stroke back along with Thai amateur Budsabakorn Sukapan, Suzann Pettersen, Mirim Lee, Lizette Salas and Amy Yang. Defending champion Anna Nordqvist had a 72, and Michelle Wie shot 73.