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McIlroy takes a baby step in right direction

Updated: March 8, 2013, 8:04 PM ET
Associated Press

DORAL, Fla. -- Rory McIlroy was willing to celebrate even the smallest of victories Friday in the Cadillac Championship.

He finally broke par.

Mired in another slump, and this time with greater scrutiny over a new equipment deal and quitting in the middle of a round last week, McIlroy had a 3-under 69 on the Blue Monster at Doral for his first round under par this year.

When his 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 10th hole swirled into the cup, the world's No. 1 player was under ...

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