Column: McIlroy's outlook on golf matches weather at Pebble

Published 1:45 a.m. ET Feb. 8, 2018

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Rory McIlroy now gets to sample the PGA Tour’s version of a golf tournament set to a social setting.

McIlroy is making his debut in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and he couldn’t have picked a better year. Good weather has been the norm more than the exception in recent years on the Monterey Peninsula, and this week the forecast is nothing short of glorious.

It matches his outlook on the year.

McIlroy is using words like “optimistic” and “rejuvenated,” and for good reason. He is coming off a forgettable year of a lingering rib injury that kept him out of golf for seven weeks early in the year, five weeks in the late spring, and kept him winless for the first time since 2008.

“I feel like there’s nothing in my way,” McIlroy said. “There’s nothing…

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