McIlroy 9 shots behind leader Colomo in Hong Kong

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Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 10:00 AM

HONG KONG (AP) — Defending champion Rory McIlroy finished nine shots behind leader Javier Colomo after the first round of the Hong Kong Open on Thursday.

McIlroy admitted feeling lethargic after shooting a 3-over 73.

Colomo, ranked 506th, recorded a career-best 64 in overcast and windy conditions on the suburban Fanling course.

That earned him a one-stroke lead over fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Australia's Andrew Dodt.

The 48-year-old Jimenez would break his own record as oldest Hong Kong champion from 2008, and oldest ever winner on the European Tour if he were to capture the title a third time this weekend.

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