Golfer Lahiri tied 33rd at PGA Championship

Golfer Lahiri tied 33rd at PGA Championship

McIlroy believes he practiced too much too soon, and he said he would have to spend the rest of the year managing his practice time and his fitness.

McIlroy came into the US PGA Championship as the pre-tournament favourite on the back of top-five finishes in his last two starts and a brilliant record at the host venue of Quail Hollow, including two wins and a course record of 61.

Spieth had won two of his last three starts heading into the season's final major, but the magic he displayed at Royal Birkdale was absent this week at Quail Hollow.

Winless this year and having battled back and rib injuries, McIlroy suggested his 2017 could be over, but the Northern Irishman is unsure what his immediate future holds.

"It was nothing other than just execution on the greens, I felt like", Spieth said.

Commentating for CBS, six-time major victor Sir Nick Faldo was highly critical of Day's choice of shot, adding: "That's one of the craziest decisions I have ever seen a professional make, that second shot".

"It was painful with every swing but it didn't affect me for the first time this week, so that was nice".

McIlroy paused for the longest time. "As I said, the next big thing is April, and that's really what my focus will be on from now until then". "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. I have got this next week off to assess what I need to go forward. You don't want to be teeing off at 09:45 on the final rounds of a major on a Sunday. "That is not where you want to be". "I feel like a sense of. not duty, but I've missed a lot of time already".

"It's not as bad as it was at The Players when it really flared up on me".

Meanwhile, Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and American Kevin Kisner each fired a four-under 67 to grab a share of the lead after 18 holes of play, reports Efe.

"Got back and playing it felt okay through the Masters. If it was injury-free, that wouldn't happen". That was basically seven or eight weeks.

"I switched it off for a couple of weeks because I was getting married and going on honeymoon, but once I started practicing again, I didn't build up the volume gradually".

I went from zero to hitting balls from three or four hours a day.

"I just haven't allowed it the time to fully heal".

He might also be wondering how he might have played had he been healthier this season. "If I want to challenge on a more consistent basis, but I need to get 100 percent healthy".

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