The great escape

By Randall MellAugust 12, 2011, 7:44 pm

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Rory McIlroy played through pain Friday at the PGA Championship.

You could see it with his face twisting in anguish after he ballooned a 6-iron off the 17th tee at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Though he rinsed that shot in a pond and made triple bogey, there was actually terrific news in that scene and beyond.

The pain, you see, was all emotional in a round of 3-over-par 73.

The strained tendon above McIlroy’s right wrist wasn’t hurting him when he signed his scorecard after the round. His pain was in knowing that while he made the cut, he’s fallen well off the lead in the year’s final major.

With his right wrist and forearm heavily bandaged, McIlroy’s highly scrutinized return to action Friday could have been a lot worse.

McIlroy appears to have avoided major injury after hurting himself hitting a questionable shot with a 7-iron off a tree root in the first round.

“It’s uncomfortable, but I wouldn’t say it’s very painful,” McIlroy said after the second round. “It was just always in the back of my mind, in my subconscious.”

There was a sigh of relief in the McIlroy camp as they watched the 22-year-old rip some gargantuan pain-free drives in his return.

'He's fine, he's fine,' said Gerry McIlroy, Rory's father.

McIlroy played Friday with no observable preoccupation with the injury, other than his reaction to an iron shot off the tee at No. 13, his fourth hole of the day, when he shook his hand following the shot.

McIlroy drove the ball beautifully Friday. While his iron play wasn’t sharp, and his short game and putter were shaky, his wrist/forearm seemed to hold up just fine.

“I’m worried about it, because I feel as if I can't play to the best of my abilities with it,” McIlroy said. “But I'm not worried about it long term. It should take a few weeks just to heal.”

After opening with an impressive 70 that was troubling, in all the pain McIlroy showed playing with the injury, the reigning U.S. Open champion acknowledged he got away with a questionable shot off that tree root.

“It was a mistake in judgment,” McIlroy said. “I thought I would be able to get away with it, let go of the club at impact, and hopefully it would be OK. But, it’s hard to let go at the right moment, the club is coming down so fast. I just let go a little bit too late and jarred the wrist.”

McIlroy’s managers took him to the Peachtree Dunwoody Medical Center after Thursday’s round. He spent about three hours at the clinic, where an orthopedic hand specialist examined him. An MRI revealed a strained tendon above the wrist but nothing more serious. The scans were also sent to specialists back in Great Britain.

“There’s no structural damage, just inflammation,” said Chubby Chandler, McIlroy’s agent.

Chandler said he left the decision to play to McIlroy and the doctors.

“He doesn’t listen to anyone anyway,” Chandler cracked.

McIlroy said if he weren’t playing a major championship, he likely would have walked off the course on Thursday and withdrawn.

“Looking at the scans, [the doctors] said, 'Look, you can't do any more damage to it, it's up to you. If you want to play, and you feel as though you can play, OK, carry on. And, if not, then you shouldn't play.' I feel as if I can play, and so the decision was purely up to me,” McIlroy relayed.

Chandler said doctors were prepared to give McIlroy a shot of Toradol, an anti-inflammatory drug, but McIlroy passed on it.

“They couldn't get the sign-off, it was 10 [o’clock], and he didn’t want to be there all night,” Chandler said.

So McIlroy took two Alleve and went to bed in a soft cast. He took two more Alleve in the morning, the only medication he took for the injury. He also received treatment from a physical therapist before heading out to hit a limited number of practice shots before the second round.

“When I woke up this morning, it was stiff, but it wasn't as painful,” McIlroy said. “Yeah, I hit a few shots on the range, and it was fine. I felt as if I was OK to go out and play.

“If it wasn't a major, I probably would have stopped yesterday.”

If McIlroy’s mind is made up, Chandler said there is no talking him out of playing. If McIlroy’s determined, he said there is no talking him out of a risky shot, either.

'Guys like Rory and Tiger they play on their limit, don’t they?' Chandler said. 'He’s taking a shot 90 percent of the field wouldn’t take.”

Chandler said McIlroy burns to play in majors.

“He said something [about playing on with the injury],” Chandler said. “He said the next major’s not until April, that’s how he thinks. You don’t get too many people who think, well, the next major’s not for nine months. He’s a different person at a major than any other week.”

Had the injury been worse, he might have been a lesser player for a long time.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

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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

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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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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