McIlroy starts a new season before another season is over

NAPA, Calif. (AP) Rory McIlroy is starting a new season on one tour before he finishes another season on his other tour.

McIlroy highlights the field at Silverado for the Open, which kicks off the PGA Tour season that ended just three weeks ago. The four-time major champion is playing only as part of an agreement when he took part in an exhibition in Turkey three years ago. Tiger Woods also was supposed to play until he had a second back surgery.

But McIlroy's appearance is an example of how hectic a global golf schedule can be.

McIlroy will head over to Asia to wrap up the Race to Dubai on the European Tour.

And in his view, his ''new'' season really began in August when he returned from an ankle injury.

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