Man vs. tree: McIlroy injures right wrist hitting tree root

By Associated PressAugust 11, 2011, 6:51 pm

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Rory McIlroy looked at his ball, resting against a tree root, and decided to take a whack at it.

Bad move.

The U.S. Open champion injured his right wrist with the ill-advised swing Thursday in the opening round of the PGA Championship.

McIlroy played on after his mishap at the third hole, but in obvious pain. He finally had the wrist checked out by a physical therapist, and was apparently reassured that he couldn’t hurt it any worse. He also had the wrist taped up, providing extra support.

“There’s just a sharp pain,” the 22-year-old told Jeff Hendra, a physio who works with the PGA Tour.

Despite the discomfort, McIlroy managed to shoot an even-par 35 on the front side, looking as though he had no intention of giving up his bid for a second major title.

He got into trouble when he drove it among the trees left of the third fairway, the ball stopping against a large, exposed root. Instead of just punching back into a clear area, McIlroy chose to go at it aggressively with a 7-iron.

As soon as he struck the ball, he let the club fall out of his hands. He began to shake his arm and flex the wrist. Within minutes, he asked for an ice compress, which he held on his wrist between every shot.

At the par-3 fourth, McIlroy again dropped the club after striking his tee shot. He still managed to get it on the green and two-putt for par. Then, at the fifth, Hendra arrived to examine the wrist, causing a brief delay for McIlroy’s threesome.

Hendra bent the wrist back sharply, trying to determine if McIlroy had caused any serious damage or could hurt it any worse. The player seemed satisfied with what he heard and rejoined his group: British Open champion Darren Clarke and Masters winner Charl Schwartzel.

McIlroy won the U.S. Open with a record 16-under score and was considered the favorite in the PGA.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.