Rory McIlroy shares lead at Quail Hollow

Rory McIlroy tees off on Hole 16 at the DP World Golf Championship in Dubai
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Seven players share the lead after the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Rory McIlroy has finished his first round on five-under-par to grab a share of the lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.

The Northern Irishman carded 67 at Quail Hollow, along with Ryan Moore, Nick Watney, Robert Garrigus, Derek Ernst, Daniel Summerhays and Nate Smith.

Seven birdies decorate his scorecard, with dropped shots at the ninth and 12th being the only blemishes during a promising opening round.

"I was hitting some good shots in there and leaving the ball quite close to the pins which you need to do out here," McIlroy told reporters.

"I played well, I gave myself plenty of chances and I'm really happy with today."

Phil Mickelson is among six players on four-under-par, while nine others finished on three-under.

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