Rory McIlroy is looking to play as much golf as he can during 2018 after enduring an injury-hit season last year.

McIlroy happy with hectic schedule

McIlroy happy with hectic schedule

The Northern Irishman was restricted to just 18 worldwide starts during 2017, due in large to a rib injury, while he took a break at the end of the year in order to return to full fitness.

The rest certainly appears to have done McIlroy the world of good - he has secured two top-three finishes at his first two starts of 2018 - and will head into this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am full of confidence.

McIlroy will be making his first appearance at this week's tournament after adding it to his schedule while he has also included next month's Valspar Championship on his calendar.

The 28-year-old is looking to play as many tournaments as he can this year after missing a large chunk of 2017 while he also thinks the boosted schedule can enhance his chances of performing well at the Masters in April.

When asked about his plans, McIlroy told the PGA Tour website: 'Not really making up for lost time but just missed playing, missed playing competitive golf. And I feel like there's nothing in my way, there's nothing stopping me from playing a pretty full schedule.

'Once I get to Augusta, one excuse I won't have is not being prepared and being under-golfed. I'll have played a lot of tournament golf leading up to it.'

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