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Updated: March 28, 2013, 8:36 PM ET
Associated Press

HUMBLE, Texas -- The putter D.A. Points once took from his mother paid off nicely for him Thursday in the Houston Open.

Points opened with five straight birdies and wound up with an 8-under 64 on a pleasant morning with only moderate wind at Redstone Golf Club. He had a one-shot lead over Cameron Tringale and John Rollins.

Rory McIlroy had to fight hard for a 73.

In his final tournament before the Masters -- and his first event since August at No. 2 in the world -- McIlroy caught ...

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