The PGA Championship: Day 1
August 11 2011
8:25 pm McIlroy suffers strained tendon
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Rory McIlroy shot an even par-70 Thursday, despite suffering a significant injury to his right wrist on the third hole.
Attempting to hit out of pine straw beneath a tree, McIlroy hit the root of the tree with his 7-iron and immediately grabbed the wrist in pain. He damaged the club and his wrist, receiving medical treatment that included ice and heavy tape on his wrist, hand and forearm.
“I thought if I could make contact with the ball and just let the club go, I might get away with it,” McIlroy said. “In hindsight it would have been better to chip out sideways.
“If [the pain] is the same tomorrow, and I know that I’m not going to do anymore damage to it, I’ll play. There’s a couple of points where I thought about not continuing.”
McIlroy did continue, though, making bogey on the third hole before bouncing back with birdies on Nos. 5 and 6. He had an opportunity for birdie on the seventh hole as well but just missed the putt.
After suffering the injury, McIlroy repeatedly iced the wrist and eventually had it taped. He underwent MRI Thursday night.
A spokesman for ISM, McIlroy’s management company, said the initial diagnosis is a strained tendon.
“It was just a sharp pain up the forearm and then there’s a little bit of swelling, just on the inside of my wrist,” McIlroy said. “Then it was going up into my elbow and my shoulder.
“Right now it’s okay. It’s just swollen a little bit. It’s basically when I go through impact and every time I went through a shot, I was in a lot of pain.”
McIlroy is the reigning U.S. Open champion and was the favorite coming into the PGA, where he has tied for third each of the last two years. Now his result here may well be determined by what the MRI says.
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