McIlroy hopes to see putting improve after eye surgery


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – For a guy who spent more time in the doctor’s office than he would have liked in 2015, it was interesting that Rory McIlroy added to his medical file with an eye surgery early last month.

McIlroy, who was sidelined for much of last summer with an ankle injury, underwent laser eye surgery on Dec. 10 in an attempt to lose the contact lenses he’s been wearing since he was 10.

“I was wearing my contact lenses for so long during the day that I was actually doing the surface of my eye damage by wearing them so much,” said McIlroy on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship where he will be making his 2016 debut this week. “To be able to not have to worry about that is great.”

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McIlroy said the surgery has helped his vision from inside 50 yards, making objects appear sharper which he hopes will improve his putting.

“I feel like I've always been a decent green reader, but maybe not quite as good as I could be. So that was one of the reasons why I took this step to have the eye surgery,” said McIlroy, who finished 126th last season on the PGA Tour in strokes gained-putting.