At first glance, you could easily mistake the tiny Northern Ireland flag next to Rory McIlroy’s name on the PGA Championship leader board with a first aid logo. It would be a fitting icon.
One day after suffering a wrist injury in his opening round at the Atlanta Athletic Club, McIlroy was back out on the course Friday, hoping to ignore the pain and position himself for a run this weekend.
Sporting a heavily taped right wrist, McIlroy teed off this morning and after a three-putt bogey on the 10th hole to start his round dropped to 1 under par through seven holes. But a triple-bogey on the par-3 17th sent him back to +2 and McIlroy finished his second round at 3 over par for the tournament. He’s currently tied with nearly 20 players at +3, all currently projected to make the cut for the weekend’s final two rounds.
An MRI on Thursday revealed a strained tendon in his right wrist, but after taking a few swings on the driving range Friday morning, McIlroy decided to give it a go.
Said the 22-year-old U.S. Open champion after completing his even par round Thursday: “It was obviously very painful.”
Keep an eye on McIlroy’s face to see if the winces grow more frequent later in the day.