Rory McIlroy could miss rest of season because of injury

Rory McIlroy

It could be sometime next year.

"And then I hit a few nice shots middle of the round".

When Spieth competes in the PGA Championship next year in St. Louis, he will be older than Woods was when he earned the career Grand Slam at 24 years, 6 months old.

However, the 28-year-old was never in contention for a first major victory since the 2014 US PGA at Valhalla and completed a closing 68 before the final groups teed off in round four.

"Look, I don't know what I'm going to do", McIlroy said. "It's sort of the way it has been the last few weeks", McIlroy said. The pain, he noted, isn't as bad as it was when he first injured it at the beginning of 2017 or at The Players in May when it flared up again, but he wants to be fully recovered for next season. At that stage he was two ahead of Chris Stroud (71) and four clear of Matsuyama. I got back playing and it felt okay through the Masters. His chip stopped about 10 feet from the hole and after that bogey putt went wide right, he tapped in for a double bogey that left him six strokes behind Kisner.

"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".

McIlroy has headed home to Northern Ireland and planned to meet with his trainer to figure out the next step.

Rory McIlroy might not play again in 2017 as he continues to struggle with the injury which has limited him to 13 events in a winless season, his third in succession without a major title.

But it was a tough year from the start.




He birdied the fourth to turn in one under par, then converted from eight feet for birdie at the 10th, made a 20 footer at the 11th, saved par from 14 feet at the 12th, knocked in a seven footer for birdie at the driveable 14th and chipped dead to set up a tap in birdie at the par-five 15th to get two under. He didn't putt all that well (70th in strokes gained putting), and the course played differently than it had in the past.

"It's not a factor when I'm out on the course, but it's a factor off the course in terms of how much time I can practice", McIlroy said.

He played well for the most part on Sunday. But it's still there. I feel like a sense of not duty, but I've missed a lot of time already.

The world's former No. 1 player ended his round Saturday with an eight on the par-4 18th after a risky hook shot from behind a tree wound up in a flower bed. "If it was injury-free, that wouldn't happen".

The pair lie on five-under par for the tournament. He also has European Tour membership, which includes late-season events in Turkey, South Africa and Dubai.

"I feel like my game truly suits the other three Majors, maybe more than the PGA", said the American.

If he's that concerned about the injury, why play at all?

"I feel like I'm capable and playing well enough to give myself a chance in it, but April is a long way away and that's the next big thing on my radar. If I get out tomorrow and get off to hopefully a better start, I feel like I'll still be right in this tournament".

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