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

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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 the lip of a bunker and followed with a 5-wood into the water for a double bogey on the par-5 eighth hole that put him at 3-over par. He rallied strong on the back nine with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, only to miss a 7-foot par putt after a flop shot over a wide bunker.

Points first borrowed the Ping Anser from his mother during his junior years in Illinois, and like most golfers, he abandoned it once he stopped making putts. But he recently asked Ping to clean it up for him and add some weight. He also got a putting lesson.

Points, whose only win came with actor Bill Murray at his side at the Pebble Beach National Pro-am, made all five of his opening birdies from inside 15 feet. He dropped only one shot along the way.

Angel Cabrera of Argentina, a two-time major champion who lives in Houston, was in the group at 66.

Phil Mickelson was at 4 under and right in the mix until he hit his tee shot into the water on the sixth hole and made double bogey, nearly hooked a 3-wood into the hazard on the next hole and three-putted for bogey, and then made bogey on the par-3 ninth from a bunker to wind up at 72.

TROPHY HASSAN II

AGADIR, Morocco (AP) - Germany's Marcel Siem of Germany had two eagles and finished with an 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Trophy Hassan II.

Spain's Alvaro Velasco opened with a 67 at Golf du Palais Royal, the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed layout inside the walls of the Royal Palace of Agadir.

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