Rory McIlroy looks to be out of competition with a back injury – he’ll probably miss the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Rory McIlroy will be missing from the hunt for the FedEx Cup playoffs this season. Sadly, McIlroy may not be on the golf course anytime soon due to an injury that he aggravated during the PGA Championship.
McIlroy started the week at Quail Hollow hitting balls wearing astronaut gear with Sergio Garcia and ended it with a lingering injury.
It’s tough to compare his pre-PGA Championship playfulness with his post-event pain.
Although McIlroy, alongside or even slightly ahead of Jordan Spieth, was a tournament favorite, he was never in contention. He shot a final round 68 and finished 1-over par at the PGA Championship. Post-round McIlroy seemed uncertain about his future.
He told the New York Post,
"You might not see me until next year, you might see me in a couple of weeks’ time."
Next up on McIlroy’s schedule is the Northern Trust Open. This tournament is one of the events included in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. McIlroy didn’t count out playing in the tournament but remained non-committal.
He told the New York Post,
"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?"
McIlroy will take his injury on a week-to-week basis and isn’t completely sure what tournament he will select make his return to competition.
He explained his injury to the BBC,
"I can go out there and play and shoot decent scores, but when I come off the course I feel my left rhomboid going into spasm."
For McIlroy, it’s been quite an interesting month. He parted ways with his caddie before the PGA and now he’s stuck with a lingering injury. If he doesn’t play at the Northern Trust Open, he is the defending champion at the next FedEx Cup event, the Dell Technologies Open.
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McIlroy told the BBC that the changes in his practice regimen may have led to his injury causing him bigger problems,
"Once I started practicing again, I didn’t build up the volume gradually. I went from zero to hitting balls for three or four hours a day. That aggravated it a little bit."
Former World number one golfer David Duval offered some insight on McIlroy’s predicament of whether to play further into this season or not.
He told Golf Channel during the PGA Championship,
"He needs to go home. He needs to stop playing right now. He’s hurt and I am watching his golf swing deteriorate."
Right now, for McIlroy getting healthy will be the number one priority. But will fans see him hitting 300+ yard drives in two weeks or will he be back in January? It’s all up to McIlroy and when he deems he’s healthy enough to come back and compete.