NAPA, Calif. — The Frys.com Open is everything Rory McIlroy thought it would be.And the tournament hasn’t even started.He knew nothing about Silverado Resort, which is hosting the PGA Tour season opener for the second year and is expected to keep it even longer, except that it was located in the middle California’s most famous wine country.”Expected vineyards, wine, good food,” McIlroy said Wednesday. ”Got all those boxes ticked last night.”McIlroy, who for now is No. 3 in the world ranking, represents the biggest star power at this event since Tiger Woods began what amounted to a rehab assignment in 2011, and his week ended with a fan throwing a hot dog on the green he was playing.McIlroy was part of the ”Turkey Eight” that signed off on a one-sided deal three years ago: eight PGA Tour players in an exhibition in Turkey agreed they would play the Frys.com Open at least once over the next three years. Woods was supposed to be at Silverado this year, too, until he had his second back surgery. Also in the field from Turkey are Charl Schwartzel, Justin Rose and Webb Simpson.Hunter Mahan also is playing. He was in Turkey and fulfilled his… Read full this story
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