Rory McIlroy is happy to be back at the PGA Championship, and it's already showing.
Having endured plenty of wayward shots this season, the 24-year-old was feeling more positive about his game after opening with a 1-under-par 69 on Thursday at Oak Hill in the last major of the year.
He probably hasn't felt this good since last year's PGA blowout at Kiawah Island, where he was on top of the golf world after a record eight-stroke victory.
Sure, it's a different course. But McIlroy will take any little edge he can get.
''To come back here, it gives me some confidence,'' he said.
Taking advantage of a course softened up by overnight showers, McIlroy played especially well on the front nine other than knocking his ball in the water at No. 5, leading to a bogey. Four birdies put him on the leaderboard at the turn with a 3-under 32.
Alas, he couldn't keep it going. The back nine started with back-to-back bogeys before play was halted because of approaching thunderstorms.
Still, it h...