DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Rory McIlroy shot his lowest European Tour score in more than three years with a 9-under 63 Thursday to take a three-shot clubhouse lead in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic. McIlroy grabbed an eagle and seven birdies in ideal scoring conditions on the Majlis Course, easily upstaging playing partner Tiger Woods, who was five shots back after a 68. It was McIlroys best European Tour round since a 63 on the opening day of the UBS Hong Kong Open in November 2010. It also displayed McIlroys renewed confidence in his game after struggling for much of 2013. He ended last year by winning the Australian Open and then finished joint runner-up in his first event of 2014 in nearby Abu Dhabi. "Today was another step up from Abu Dhabi as I controlled my irons better," McIlroy said. "You can see how well I am driving it that I am leaving myself a lot of wedges into the green, so thats going to help." McIlroy won his maiden European Tour title in Dubai in 2009. Woods made four birdies on his front nine but finished with nine straight pars. Still, it was a much better showing than his 79 last week at the Farmers Insurance Open, which matched his worst score on American soil and made him miss the 54-hole cut. He birdied three of the four par-fives, including the 10th hole after starting on the back nine. "Overall it was a pretty good score but maybe I could have gotten two more out of it," Woods said. "After going 0-for-12 on birdies on the par-fives last week, it was actually nice to make one at the first hole right out of the gate." Defending champion Stephen Gallacher of Scotland, who played alongside McIlroy and Woods, was tied for second with three other players. Adidas NMD R1 Halvalla .Lets go back to the Avs, who have become one of the funnest teams to watch in this years playoffs. Adidas Prophere Ale . While coach Doc Rivers high-fived fans and pumped his fist at the crowd, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul quietly congratulated each other. http://www.nmdhalvalla.com/adidas-nmd-r2-halvalla.html. Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (5) - Simply put, Lundqvist was brilliant. Adidas Deerupt Ale . - For a general manager who preaches building through the draft, Reggie McKenzie has struggled to find impact players his first two years in Oakland. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Suomi . Here at TSN.ca we will take a look back at the season by bringing together a panel of experts to help pick the best 50 players of the season.Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jim Haslett wont return as the defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins. The team and Haslett mutually agreed to part ways after five seasons. Haslett spent his first four years with the Redskins under Mike Shanahan and this past season under first-year head coach Jay Gruden. Jay and I mutually agreed its time for the Redskins to have a new defensive coordinator, said Haslett in a statement Wednesday. I want to thank (owner) Dan Snyder, (general manager) Bruce Allen, coach Gruden and all the players and fellow coaches for their efforts the last five years and I wish them nothing but the best. The Redskins were 4-12 this past season and ranked 20th in the NFL in yards allowed. Washington also yielded 438 points, fewer than only Chicago (442) and Oaklaand (452).dddddddddddd Jim and I have had discussions over the last few days and have decided that its best for everyone that we have a new defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, said Gruden. I wish him nothing but the best in the future. Haslett joined the Redskins in January 2010 after a year as the head coach of the fledgling UFLs Florida Tuskers. He was also the head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2000-05, compiling a record of 45-51, and had stints as defensive coordinator with the Saints (1996), Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-99) and St. Louis Rams (2006-08). In 2008, he was also the interim head coach of the Rams for the final 12 games, posting a record of 2-10. The 59-year-old Pittsburgh native was a linebacker for the Bills and Jets from 1979-87. ' ' '