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Charl Schwartzel atones for late mistake and leads at Muirfield Village

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    Scott Piercy watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (The Associated Press)

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    Charl Schwartzel, of South Africa, hits from the 13th fairway during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

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    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off the 15th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

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    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of a bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

Charl Schwartzel didn't want to see a good round go to waste. A birdie on his final hole Thursday in the Memorial allowed him to feel good about his game, and it gave him the early lead.

Schwartzel bounced back from a double bogey on the par-3 eighth hole with one last birdie for a 7-under 65. That gave him a one-shot lead over Scott Piercy among the early starters on a muggy day.

Tiger Woods, the defending champion and a five-time winner, was among those playing in the afternoon.

Piercy is one of the longer hitters on tour, so it would seem his game would be a good fit for the Memorial. He hasn't had much luck, so he decided to scale back off the tee. And it worked.

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