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Rory McIlroy makes a bright start to his PGA Tour season

Rory McIlroy makes a bright start to his PGA Tour season

Joining him atop the leaderboard is fellow American Beau Hossler, who carded a five-under 67 on the Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

Playing at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Round 2, the Northern Irishman came up just short on the drivable par-4 fifth.

I don't know if we'll get another elite victor this week, but I do know we won't be short on views.

"I was just sort of ready to call it quits for the year after the Dunhill", he said.

Johnson has made a fine start to this year, winning the Tournament of Champions before a top-10 finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Following the longest break of his career, there was hope the four-time major victor would get right on the dance floors; through his first two events on the European Tour, it seemed to be heading in the right direction.

And now he sets off to be the Rory McIlroy of old, whose graceful blend of power and balance leads so many to believe that he's the man to beat when he's on his game.




"It's a tournament that I've always watched and I've always thought one day it would be really cool to play with my dad, and fortunately we were able to get him in and play", McIlroy said.

The Monterey Peninsula has been a good hunting ground for Johnson with two wins (2009 & 2010) and a runner-up (2013) finish as well as a third place a year ago.

"I was happy with my round and anytime you can get it around Spyglass with a decent score you have to feel good as it is the tougher of the three courses", he said.

The pro-am event sees the professionals and their partners also playing a round at Monterey Peninsula before the final day's action takes place at the famous Pebble Beach public links. But he needed four more putts from there, recording a double-bogey on the hole.

McIlroy elected to putt from distance from off the putting surface and saw his well-judged eagle attempt run six feet past, only for his hole to quickly unravel in the space of a couple of minutes.

After two strong performances in the Middle East recently, albeit without a victory, he is eager to make the most of his good health.


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