JOHNS CREEK, GA.—Rory McIlroy finished his second round at 3 over for the PGA Championship, saying that the right wrist that nearly caused him to withdraw gave him more “discomfort” than pain.
Really painful was the triple-bogey six he made on the 17th hole, after he had reached 1 under with a 40-foot birdie on No. 16. McIlroy’s 6 iron fell short in the water, then his shot from the drop area ended up about 25 feet short of the hole. He three-putted. That’s the difference from him being in contention and being on the cut line.
The U.S. Open champion still believes he can contend here at Atlanta Athletic Club. “I feel as I can still make birdies out there. You know if I didn’t think I could contend, I probably wouldn’t be playing,” he said.
Still, if this were not a major, he probably would not still be here. He considered withdrawing Thursday after he injured the wrist when he struck a tree root with his club. He admitted after his Friday round that it was “a mistake in judgment” to even try that shot, rather than just playing it safe by chipping out.
McIlroy had an MRI Thursday night, which revealed strained tendons. “They 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 and still carry on, then do. If not, then you shouldn’t play,’ ” he said. “I feel as if I can play, and so the decision was purely up to me.”
He was at about 70 percent Friday, he said, and his concern was over not being able to play so well. "I'm not worried about it long term," he said.
He did address the argument that his caddie should have stepped in and prevented him from trying to hit the shot off the root, saying, “He’s my caddie, not my father.”