"I really enjoy this event and it's a great opportunity to use the strength of the game of golf, which is the ability to play and compete with fans of the game and to be able to interact with numerous people that support and sponsor the game of golf, " he said.
'I will have played a lot of tournament golf leading up to it.
McIlroy's round included a total of 38 putts and now heads to a Saturday third round at Pebble Beach and where he had missed the cut in the 2010 US Open. Dunne is an avid golfer and said to be among a very few who claim memberships at Augusta National, Pine Valley, Cypress Point and Seminole.
"I sometimes get too carried away with the team aspect, " he said.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Victories have been elusive for Phil Mickelson over the past five years, but he's given himself another chance on the Monterey Peninsula, where he will seek a tournament-record tying fifth victory this weekend at Pebble Beach. No need for introductions.
But it's Streelman and Hossler who lead the way after one round following their excellent opening rounds of 65.
The four-time Major victor used his putter from just off the green and while credited with four putts on the putting surface proper it was five putts with the shortest club in his bag and an unwanted first double of the New Year.
A two-time victor of the event, Johnson has the length to get a big advantage on the par-5s on three of the shortest courses on Tour. Because if it can happen to one of the world's best, there's no hope for the rest of us. Nevertheless, it's a hole that McIlroy would rather forget.
However, McIlroy said simply being in position to win had been encouraging. "Because the first 50 years of his life were a little tougher, working three jobs and trying to raise me".
And now he sets off to be the Rory McIlroy of old, whose graceful blend of power and balance leads so many to believe that he's the man to beat when he's on his game. "He's not afraid, which is how champions think".
He drove it to the front of the green and then lagged his eagle attempt about five feet past the hole. Winning would be even better.