NAPA, Calif. – The official PGA Tour schedule shows that this week’s Frys.com Open is the season opener.
Rory McIlroy’s personal schedule shows that this is the second half of a “mini season.”
“Coming back at the PGA for me,” he said, “was the start of a new season.”
McIlroy, who has three worldwide titles this year, missed the St. Andrews Open and a title defense at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational because of an ankle injury suffered while playing soccer with friends. Though he has finished inside the top 30 in all four of his starts since the injury, he hasn’t been in contention for a title.
McIlroy has four more starts this calendar year, beginning with this week’s Frys, which he is playing because of an agreement with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in 2012 when he allowed eight players to compete in a lucrative exhibition in Turkey as long as they played in Napa once in a three-year window.
“I haven’t played as much as some of the other guys,” he said, “so I’m happy to be playing and happy to play quite a bit until the end of the year.”