Rory McIlroy could miss rest of season because of injury

Rachel Hardy
August 14, 2017

The four-time major victor has been far from his best over the past year as he struggled with the injury he picked up in the close season, and has admitted to rushing back before regaining full fitness.

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri struggled in the third and penultimate round as he carded five-over 76 to drop 25 places to be tied 68th in the PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club here.

Along with failing to win a major for the third straight year, McIlroy hasn't won anywhere around the world since he won the Tour Championship last September to capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.

Winless this year and having battled back and rib injuries, McIlroy suggested his 2017 could be over, but the Northern Irishman is unsure what his immediate future holds.

"I don't know what I'm going to do", the four-time major champion said. You might see me in a couple of weeks time. If I'm capable of playing, I feel like, 'Why shouldn't you?' But then at the same time, if you are not capable of playing at your best, why should you play?

"But right now, it's a tough one because I've go out there and play and shoot decent scores, but when I come off the course, I feel my left rhomboid going into spasm".

McIlroy paused for the longest time.

McIlroy will now go three years without a major victory, and the 28-year-old - a win at Augusta shy of a career Grand Slam - said he was desperate to be contending again. "That is not where you want to be".

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"The next big thing is April and that's really what my focus will be on from now until then".

He returned with three top-10s in four starts in March and April, including a T-7 at the Masters, when he began experiencing pain in his back during The Players Championship in May.

"I'm flying home to Northern Ireland and I'll catch up with (trainer) Steve McGregor this week and see what we need to go going forward". If I was injury-free, that wouldn't happen.

"I switched it off for a couple of weeks because I was getting married and going on honeymoon, but once I started practicing again, I didn't build up the volume gradually".

"I had a little bit of a mini-rally at the end which I needed, but the four bogeys on the front nine that's just down to being out of position off the tee and not being able to get it very close with my second shot".

"I'm looking forward to 2018", he said in response to a question about his injury.

But he added: "If I'm capable of playing, I feel like why shouldn't I?" So I just need to hit some more fairways tomorrow. I wanted to play the season and I feel like I'm capable of playing well and winning and putting rounds together. His concern is that he doesn't think he can contend on a regular basis unless he gets 100 percent healthy, and that's not where he is now.

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