JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The guy with the ailing right wrist did better than most on Saturday at the PGA Championship. No, not Rory McIlroy, who struggled to a 4-over 74. Francesco Molinari, who wasn’t sure he could play the season’s final major until Wednesday, jumped 31 spots on the leaderboard with a Saturday 67.
Molinari has been slowed by an inflamed right wrist since the second round of the Open Championship. He had an ultrasound scan last week in London which revealed no structural damage and was unable to even hit chip shots on Tuesday at Atlanta Athletic Club.
It wasn’t until he ventured out late Wednesday for his only practice round that he decided to play and he opened with rounds of 72-71.
“At impact it really hurts and out of the rough is the worst,” said Molinari, who has been working each day with his trainer and taking anti- inflammatory medication. “I think it’s just worn out. I feel lucky to be playing.”