Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

PGA Championship Odds: Matsuyama favored over Kisner 8/13/17

PGA Championship Odds: Matsuyama favored over Kisner 8/13/17

If there is one certainty when it comes to McIlroy, it's that he will drill at least a few powerful and picturesque drives.

Spieth won't have another chance at major No. 4 until heading down Magnolia Lane in April, but he still believes there's plenty to play for as the season reaches what he termed the "fourth quarter".

Stroud, who won last week in Reno to claim the final berth in the PGA field, closed bogey-bogey for a 71 to kept him one back. "It's a Catch 22 because I want to play and I can play, but I can't put the practice in that I need to to get myself up in contention".

"But right now, it's a tough one because I've go out there and play and shoot decent scores, but when I come off the course, I feel my left rhomboid going into spasm". His chip stopped about 10 feet from the hole and after that bogey putt went wide right, he tapped in for a double bogey that left him six strokes behind Kisner. I have got this next week off to assess what I need to go forward.

McIlroy has headed home to Northern Ireland and planned to meet with his trainer to figure out the next step.

Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy had to birdie his 16th and 17th to post a second successive 72 having flirted briefly with the cut line after four back nine bogeys in five holes.

But it was a tough year from the start. "It really depends", said the 28-year-old, who was out for seven weeks when he first sustained the injury, which he aggravated at The Players Championship in May and spent another month on the sidelines. The one plus was off the course, as McIlroy got married in April.

"It's not a factor when I'm out on the course, but it's a factor off the course in terms of how much time I can practice", said McIlroy to Sky Sports after his third round on Saturday.

He said the pain he's feeling now is "not as bad" as it was in May, when he said it "really sort of flared up on me" at the Players Championship. But it's still there. It's there. I can feel it. "I can play 18 holes, I warm it up and it's OK".

"He said, 'No, let's birdie the last three.' So I was able to do the first part".

Matsuyama said through an interpreter that he had "no words of advice" for Day, "but let's go get 'em tomorrow". "If it was injury-free, that wouldn't happen". At the turn he was four-over for the day and five-over for the tournament. He also has European Tour membership, which includes late-season events in Turkey, South Africa and Dubai.

That aside, McIlroy's strong finale may leave him wondering what might have been had he played as consistently well in the first three rounds. His concern is that he doesn't think he can contend on a regular basis unless he gets 100 percent healthy, and that's not where he is now.

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