Rory McIlroy posts five-putt double-bogey at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro

Frederick Owens
February 10, 2018

McIlroy is part of a six-strong Irish contingent in California this week, with Shane Lowry, Seamus Power, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and sponsor's invite Paul Dunne also teeing it up. I wanted to do it past year as well, wanted to play a heavy schedule, but the (rib) injury didn't allow me to do that.

"I'm feeling a lot different in myself because I feel like it's the start of something and not the end of something", he said of his mood this week compared to how he felt before shutting down for three months after the Alfred Dunhill Links last October. "I'm very optimistic about this weekend and I'm optimistic about the year".

With $36.5m earned on the PGA Tour alone, McIlroy (28) is not motivated by money.

Day was speaking on the eve of the storied Pebble Beach Pro-Am, an event that was nearly withering on the vine a few years ago, but which begins on Thursday with a field that includes the world's three top-ranked players and several former number ones. "There's no doubt about that", he said.

Spieth will play alongside world number one Dustin Johnson during the first two rounds.

"Chipped in for birdie, so I was like, 'You're forgiven'".

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"I'm scrambling well when I need to".

Rohrbach is playing alongside Gary Woodland in the tournament that sees celebrities and other amateurs with deep pockets partner pro golfers, and her playing ability should not be underestimated.

"It was a nice way to finish after not getting off to a great start", said Mickelson. "The desire's definitely there".

The 2017-18 PGA Tour schedule continues this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am played in Pebble Beach, Calif. "I try to get along, but yeah, there are some people that I would rather not be paired with".

But boy oh boy, would Rory McIlroy gladly have taken a three-jack on the par-4 fifth hole (his 14th of the day) at Monterey Peninsula Country Club on Friday in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

"The truth is I haven't played a lot of golf this year, so I am going with the theory the less I play the less I think about it", said Hollywood heartthrob Josh Duhamel.

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