How it happened: Woods, McIlroy look rusty in Round 1

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the first hole during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

ABU DHABI -- We'll chalk that one up to being rusty.

Making their 2013 season debuts, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy could never get anything going and both had to settle for rounds that they'd rather put behind them.

Woods finished his day with a poor three-putt bogey to card an even-par 72, while McIlroy had two double-bogeys in a round of 3-over 75.

From our Alistair Tait in Abu Dhabi: "A mixed bag from Woods and McIlroy, especially Rory, who couldn't buy a putt and wasn't sure where his driver was going. Woods just looked rusty all day. McIlroy needs more competitive golf with his new clubs and some putting practice."

Here's how the round unfolded:

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No. 9, Par 4, 456 yards

With the birdie at No. 8, Tiger moves to T-10 for the tournament. Meanwhile, with the bogey, McIlroy is T-59, with half the field still to tee off.

Off the tee: With driver in hand, Tiger finally hits a fairway, smacking it down the middle. He was 1-for-7 on fairways hit on the front nine. McIlroy also finds the center of the fairway, a nice tee ball to remember going into the second round.

Approach shot: Beautiful second shot from McIlroy here, with the ball coming to rest about 6 feet to the right of the cup. Tiger, from 175 yards, will be putting, but from about 40 feet after his approach sails to the right of the large green.

On the green: Tiger gives his long putt a good run, but it runs about 4 feet past. He misses that for a closing bogey and an even-par round of 72. McIlroy misses his birdie putt and settles for a 3-over 75.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (3 over)

Elsewhere on the course: Jason Dufner cards a 1-under 71 behind two birdies and a single bogey in a very solid round in Abu Dhabi.

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No. 8, Par 5, 597 yards

Tiger has yet to hit a fairway on the front nine, going 0-for-5 thus far.

Off the tee: The steak continues, as Tiger overcooks his driver a bit and lands in the left rough. McIlroy misses the fairway to the right. Both players had to be hoping to play better than this coming into the day.

Second shot: McIlroy snags his second shot and shoots it across the fairway and into the rough. Be a tough shot into the green. Tiger lays up, simply hammering it up the left side of the fairway.

Third shot: From over 180 yards and an awkward stance in a bunker, McIlroy can only advance it up the left side of the fairway. Tiger plays a nice knock-down wedge into the green and will have 10 feet for birdie from under the hole.

On the green: Tiger takes his time with the birdie read and drains it to get back to red figures. Meanwhile, McIlroy can't get his par putt to drop and he falls to 3 over.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 under); McIlroy (3 over)

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No. 7, Par 3, 200 yards

That was a solid par save from Tiger on No. 6, but has to be looking to get into the red before the end of the round. He is five back of co-leaders Jamie Donaldson and Pablo Larrazabal.

Off the tee: Tiger's tee ball sails to the left and into a fairway bunker while McIlroy goes right and into the rough.

Around the green: Tiger's bunker shot scares the hole and settles 12 feet to the right of the hole.

On the green: Tiger drains the putt and stays at even. McIlroy also gets up-and-down to stay at 2 over.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (2 over)

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No. 6, Par 4, 469 yards

Off the tee: Tiger's fairway wood sails left and off the fairway. Rise and repeat of late.

Approach shot: McIlroy hits a nice shot into the green, leaving himself 25 feet for birdie. Tiger comes up short of the green.

Around the green: Tiger's third gets to about 5 feet and he drains the putt for a par. McIlroy two-putts for par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (2 over)

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No. 5, Par 4, 469 yards

Pablo Larrazabal has moved to 5 under, two shots in front of the field. Tiger is five back, while McIlroy is seven back.

Off the tee: Tiger is disgusted again, sending his 3-wood left and into the rough. McIlroy blasts his tee ball and finds the first cut on the left.

Approach shot: Tiger hits a big draw and gets it to the green, leaving himself 20 feet for birdie. Very nice shot. McIlroy will also have a look at birdie.

On the green: McIlroy can't seem to buy a putt, leaving this one short and settling for a par. Tiger misses his birdie attempt to the left of the hole and also picks up par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (2 over)

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No. 4, Par 3, 174 yards

It hasn't been all that beautiful today for Tiger or McIlroy, although Tiger did have a good run over the last five holes of his back-nine. They'll need to get something going so they don't play themselves out of the tournament on Thursday.

Off the tee: Tiger asks for his tee ball to bite immediately, and it mostly listens, coming to rest on the back of the green and he'll have 30 feet for birdie. McIlroy hits the green and will have about 20 feet from under the hole.

On the green: Perfect pace from Tiger on his birdie putt, but he settles for a two-putt par. McIlroy gives his putt a good run, but he also settles for a par. He is definitely fighting his emotions.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (2 over)

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No. 3, Par 4, 439 yards

The front nine is playing tough for Tiger, opening his final nine holes of the day with two bogeys, erasing the nice work he had done late on his maiden nine holes.

Off the tee: McIlroy and Tiger are not exactly putting on a show thus far, hitting two poor tee shots here as well. McIlroy actually hits his tee ball out of bounds and has to return to the tee box. Tiger is well left, but in play. McIlroy's second tee ball pushes well right and he'll hit his fourth shot from the deep rough.

Approach shot: Tiger's second shot can't hold the green and lands in a greenside bunker. Hitting his fourth shot, McIlroy hits the green, but will have 25 feet to save bogey.

Around the green: Tiger hits a nice sand shot and will have 5 feet to save par.

On the green: That's two doubles for McIlroy on the day and he falls six shots off the pace. Big sigh after this one for the wunderkind. Tiger makes his par putt to stop the bogey run and stays at even par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (2 over)

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No. 2, Par 5, 600 yards

The past two holes have simply been bizarre, with each of the world's top two players hitting "did-they-just-do-that?" shots. Tiger now trails Andy Sullivan and Pablo Larrazabal by three shots.

Off the tee: Another missed fairway for McIlroy, pushing his drive to the right. Tiger pulls out driver again and smashes it, but it finds the right rough, just beyond a fairway bunker. Likely wasn't getting home in two anyways, so this will dictate a lay-up.

Second shot: Tiger hits a low-liner up the middle of the fairway and he'll have short-iron into the green. With an awkward stance and the ball below his feet, McIlroy hits a nice shot that comes up about 50 yards short of the green.

Approach shot: Tiger misses the green to the left with his third shot, while McIlroy spins a nice shot to about 10 feet as he looks to get back to even par.

On the green: And Rory follows through, making his 10-footer for his first birdie since No. 13 (fourth hole of day). Meanwhile, Tiger can't get up-and-down from the rough and picks up a second consecutive bogey. Both players back at even, four shots off the lead.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (Even)

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No. 1, Par 4, 405 yards

Tiger makes the turn in a seven-way tie for second at 2 under, picking up three birdies and a bogey. McIlroy has a single birdie and a double-bogey to sit at 1 over.

Off the tee: A hole after McIlroy hit a duckhook from the fairway, Tiger tops a driver and it doesn't travel to the fairway. He can't believe it. From our Alistair Tait: "What can you possibly say about that tee shot?" Much better tempo from McIlroy here and he slams it down the throat of the fairway.

Approach shot: With fairway metal, Tiger hits a nice second shot into the middle of the fairway, about 40 yards in front of the green. McIlroy hits a nice shot to about 8 feet past the hole with a sand wedge.

Third shot: A nice chip shot to about 8 feet right of the pin for Tiger and he'll need that to stay at 2 under.

On the green: Tiger can't convert and he pays the price for his topped drive, dropping back to 1 under with a bogey. McIlroy can't get his putt to drop, sitting on the right edge. He's a bit frustrated after that one.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 under); McIlroy (1 over)

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No. 18, Par 5, 567 yards

Tiger seems to be finding a groove, with two birdies over his last three holes. Meanwhile, McIlroy is sputtering a bit due to poor tee shots.

Off the tee: Tiger likes his massive tee ball immediately, quickly reaching down to pick up his tee. Right in the middle of the fairway. McIlroy also finds the fairway with driver, but is about 20 yards behind Tiger.

Second shot: Playing into the wind, McIlroy puts a horrendous swing on the ball and simply duck hooks it left of the grandstands surrounding the green. A horrible swing and he knows it. Moments later, Tiger hits a fantastic shot to about 15 feet behind the hole, which he'll have for eagle.

Third shot: McIlroy gets relief from the grandstand - lucky for him - and hits a great shot to about 6 feet under the hole. He was very fortunate for the free drop there. (From our Alistair Tait: "I wanted to see him play that one around the hospitality suites.")

On the green: Putting for eagle, Tiger doesn't hit it hard enough, but taps in for a birdie to move within a shot of the lead. McIlroy can't convert on his short putt and settles for a par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (2 under); McIlroy (1 over)

Elsewhere on the course: Jason Dufner, playing in front of the Tiger-McIlroy group, birdies No. 18 to get to 1 under on his round after eight pars and a birdie on his opening nine.

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No. 17, Par 4, 483 yards

Two pars for McIlroy and Tiger, but Martin Kaymer gets them again, draining another birdie putt at No. 16. Our Alistair Tait says that bookies had Kaymer at a 21/10 favorite to win 3-ball in the group. Tiger was 13/8 and McIlroy at 6/4.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver again and smacks it into the middle of the fairway. Stares at it for a bit and likes it. McIlroy hooks his tee ball to the left and finds the rough. McIlroy has been a bit erratic off the tee on Thursday.

Approach shot: After his best drive of the day, Tiger takes advantage with a superb shot into the green, leaving himself 6 feet from the right of the hole. McIlroy also gets to the green, but will have about 25 feet for birdie.

On the green: Another birdie for Tiger after his beautiful approach and he moves into red figures, two off the lead of Henrik Stenson. A two-putt par for McIlroy, mostly because he couldn't attack the pin from his spot in the rough off the tee.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 under), McIlroy (1 over)

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No. 16, Par 4, 475 yards

While McIlroy and Woods are the headliners, Martin Kaymer is playing the best of anyone in this group, sitting at 1 under after a birdie at No. 15. Kaymer's tee ball came to rest about 6 inches to the right of the cup.

Off the tee: With driver in hand, Tiger hammers it up the right side, but it squirts just into a fairway bunker. McIlroy also uses driver and finds the left side of the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger backs off once, but hits a nice shot into the green, with the ball settling about 20 feet left of the pin. McIlroy goes right at the pin and lands about 15 feet beyond the hole.

On the green: Tiger finds the right line, but doesn't give it enough juice and he two-putts for a par. A bit too much respect for that putt. McIlroy hits his putt past on the left and settles for par as well.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (1 over)

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No. 15, Par 3, 177 yards

McIlroy did a good job of saving par on No. 14, as neither of those shots out of the rough were easy. Tiger seems reluctant to use a lot of driver today.

Off the tee: McIlroy hits a second poor tee ball at a par 3, sending it way right of the green, having to holler "Fore!" midway to the hole. Tiger will be putting, but sends it to the back of the green and onto the fringe, where he'll have about 35 to 40 feet for birdie.

Around the green: McIlroy's chip comes up well short of the green and settles in more rough. His second chip shaves the hole and will have a chance to save bogey from 5 feet.

On the green: A birdie bomb for Tiger here, getting himself back to even. Not much of a reaction from Tiger. Meanwhile, McIlroy misses his bogey putt and picks up double.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (1 over)

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No. 14, Par 4, 490 yards

Big drive allowed McIlroy to attack at No. 13, while more conservative 3-wood proved costly for Tiger.

Off the tee: With driver, McIlroy sends his tee ball to the right and it settles in the deep rough. He was leaning as soon as he made impact. After backing off twice due to some early camera clicks, Tiger takes 3-wood despite No. 14 being the longest par 4 on the course, and is the only player in the group to hit the fairway.

Approach shot: With fairway metal and about 250 yards to the green, Tiger hammers away and hits a big cut into the green and he'll have about 25 feet for birdie. Nice shot. McIlroy chokes up on a fairway metal out of the rough and comes up well short and in more long rough to the right of the green. He'll have to carry a bunker with his third shot.

Around the green: Superb shot by McIlroy, who leaves himself 5 feet to save par.

On the green: Tiger's birdie attempt never starts high enough and he two-putts for par. McIlroy also makes his 5-footer to walk away with par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 over), McIlroy (1 under)

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No. 13, Par 4, 414 yards

Tiger seems to be in his own zone today, really serious about every shot and critical of himself.

Off the tee: McIlroy hits his first fairway of the day, splitting the middle with his new red driver. Tiger goes with 3-wood and hooks it right and comes to rest at the edge of a bush. He'll have to hit out sideways. First poor shot by either player today.

Second shot: Tiger has to hit it out left-handed and just dribble it into the sand. Did what he had to, but will still struggle to save par.

Approach shot: Hitting his third shot, Tiger picks it cleanly and lands it nicely on the green, with about a 12-footer from behind the hole to save par. With his second shot, McIlroy will have 15 feet, but his for birdie.

On the green: McIlroy picks up his first birdie of 2013 with a little right-to-left bender, while Tiger can't convert and he drops his first shot of the day.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (1 over), McIlroy (1 under)

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No. 12, Par 3, 186 yards

From our Alistair Tait in Abu Dhabi: "The third hole was designed by Fred Flinstone. Abu Dhabi Doo!" The group only has one birdie, and that belongs to Martin Kaymer, who moved into red figures at No. 11.

Off the tee: McIlroy's tee ball flares out to the right and finds a greenside bunker. He looks a bit puzzled, mostly due to the sun in their faces. Tiger hits a solid shot into the green, leaving himself about 25 feet for birdie.

Around the green: McIlroy hits a beautiful sand shot to give himself an easy look at par.

On the green: A bit of a misread for Tiger, who leaves it about 2 feet to the left of the cup. Both players make par. Tiger a bit frustrated after the last two holes, leaving a couple of birdies out there.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (Even)

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No. 11, Par 4, 417 yards

A solid opening for both, although Tiger won't want to leave 20-footers for par on this course too often.

Off the tee: Using fairway metal, McIlroy finds a fairway bunker on the left. A little grunt at the end of that one. Tiger finds the right side of the fairway with 3-wood, cutting the dogleg on the right.

Approach shot: McIlroy hits the green, about 20 feet to the right of the hole, having zero problems with the bunker. Tiger gets inside of McIlroy, hitting a beautiful short-iron shot to about 10 feet right of the hole. He liked it the whole way.

On the green: Tiger wastes this chance, hitting the right lip and running out of the back of the cup. Another par. Same goes for McIlroy, who misses his longer birdie chance to the right of the hole.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (Even)

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No. 10, Par 5, 582 yards

There are about 100 spectators surrounding the tee box at No. 1, with Tiger wearing a white golf shirt peaking through the top of a blue sweater, while McIlroy has a pink shirt with a grey vest. Only a quick handshake at the back of the tee box for the duo, with Tiger looking very focused.

Off the tee: McIlroy grits his teeth a bit after his driver, but it finds the right side of the fairway, just in front of a bunker. Tiger gives his club a twirl, but he does find that bunker. Tiger is about 20 yards past McIlroy.

Approach shot: McIlroy comes up short in a greenside bunker, while Tiger hits iron out of the fairway bunker and finds some long rough in front of the green. Neither in ideal position at the long par 5.

Third shot: Tiger flies the green with his third and runs off the back and down a slope into the rough. Meanwhile, McIlroy gets his third to abut 10 feet behind the cup.

Fourth shot: Tiger tries to putt the ball with an iron, gets it up the slope, but leaves himself 20 feet to save par. A somewhat ugly way to start his round.

On the green: But, Tiger manages to save par by making the 20-footer. McIlroy two-putts and both players open with a par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger (Even); McIlroy (Even)

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Update #2: 10:33 p.m. EST

The weather should be perfect for play today, with a high at 69 degrees and a 12 mph breeze. Woods was wearing a sweater on the range, but will likely ditch that early in the round.

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Update #1: 10:29 p.m. EST

One obstacle that Tiger Woods will have to deal with today is photographers taking photos in his backswing, something that he can frustrate him when he is in the U.S. With the folks in Abu Dhabi not as accustomed to shooting golf tournaments, the etiquette of not firing in a player's backswing is a bit lost.

Tiger was already visibly upset by a photographer taking photos at the top of his backswing while on the range.

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Pre-tournament coverage

• TEE TIMES: Take a look at the tee times for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi GC which features Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer paired together for the first and second round. Pairings.

5 THINGS: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will play the first two rounds in Abu Dhabi together, starting at 10:40 p.m. EST on Wednesday night. Will Tiger make a statement, or will McIlroy pick up where he left off? Story.

TAKING A BACKSEAT: So many players throughout Tiger Woods' career have had to answer questions about the former World No. 1, rather than about themselves. He got a taste of his own medicine on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, as the attention was on Rory McIlroy. Story.

'BEST MAN FOR THE JOB:' If Colin Montgomerie was unhappy at being passed over in favor of Paul McGinley as European Ryder Cup captain, then he did a good job of hiding it. The 2010 captain said all the right things about McGinley’s selection. Story.

RIGHT CHOICE: The European Tour picked the best man for the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy in Paul McGinley, despite what went on behind the scenes. Commentary.

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