McIl­roy to get back checked

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WORLD No. 2 Rory McIl­roy will have an MRI test on his trou­ble­some back in Belfast to­mor­row in an ef­fort to iden­tify the cause of his dis­com­fort, he said on Fri­day.

Speak­ing af­ter the se­cond round at the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship on Fri­day, McIl­roy ac­knowl­edged that he had ag­gra­vated his back.

“I’ve been strug­gling with it a bit this week, sort of felt it for the first time last Sun­day,” the North­ern Ir­ish­man told re­porters.

“Then I’ve just sort of been man­ag­ing it since. It’s not, ob­vi­ously not a hun­dred per­cent, but it’s good enough to get my­self around here for the next cou­ple of days.

“I’m go­ing for a MRI scan to­mor­row just to make sure it’s not se­ri­ous and then I’ll see what we do from there.”

McIl­roy was speak­ing af­ter a se­cond-round 71 left him five strokes off the club­house lead at the TPC Saw­grass.

Four-times ma­jor cham­pion McIl­roy has been dogged by back is­sues for sev­eral years, but he is op­ti­mistic this lat­est flare-up is not se­ri­ous. “Thank­fully it feels more mus­cu­lar than joint or bone at this point. I feel like I can dis­tin­guish what the dif­fer­ence is be­tween the two,” he said. Reuters

Rory McIl­roy

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