"The Arnold Palmer is one of my favourite events of the year so I wanted to be sharp".
He added: "I think the game of golf has changed a lot since that, a lot of new golfers have come on to the scene - Brooks Koepka has won four, Jordan Speith has won three, a lot of new guys, new blood and new competition".
McIlroy recovered from a slow start to card an eagle and five birdies during another impressive display, with the 30-year-old remaining in top spot until late starter Matt Every posted a bogey-free 65 to move into a one-shot lead.
Rory McIlroy produced an impressive back nine at Bay Hill on Thursday, yet it is another former victor in Matt Every who leads the way. Putting better. Driving it better.
McIlroy could step into Tiger Woods territory today. He took a penalty drop, hit a pedestrian chip and escaped with a bogey by making a 10-foot putt. But buoyed by a seven-foot bogey save at his second hole, he put on a ball-striking exhibition to lead by a shot from Talor Gooch as Pádraig Harrington made just one putt outside 10 feet in his two-over 74.
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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the ninth hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.
"And to turn that nine around and make the turn in 1-under, I felt pretty good about myself going to the front nine".
Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Keith Mitchell and Brendon Todd join Hatton and McDowell in four under, while Matt Wallace made a birdie in his first four holes on his way to the opening round 69.
Asked ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational what sort of changes he might have in mind, McIlroy told reporters: "I don't want to come across as all sort of elitist, but I think some smaller fields, maybe a few more events with no cut".