Rory McIlroy dealing with sore back again

Posted May 15, 2017

- As conditions toughened, Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley played even better. Even after going bogey-free in his debut Thursday for a 5-under 67 to share the lead with William McGirt, Hughes saw enough of the Players Stadium Course to realize that surprises lurk around every corner.

That stroke of luck preceded a rare birdie on the par-4 18th to fatten Ikeda's wallet on his way out the door in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The Spaniard, who won here in 2008 and lost in a playoff two years ago, now sits at 5 under and just one shot off the clubhouse lead held by Emiliano Grillo.

RORY McIlroy has revealed he requires an MRI scan to determine the extent of a back injury which could rule him out of Europe's biggest event. They were only five behind when they finished, and they could sense that because of steamy weather and swaying pines that nobody was going to get too far away from him.

"I just like the golf course".

Johnson and McIlroy at least are still in the game. He chalked that up to not being able to handle this strand of grass when it gets firm and crusty.

It was the eighth ace at the island green in the history of the event, and Garcia raised his right arm in a somewhat muted clenched-fist celebration as the gallery went wild. He eliminated some of the problems he had on the front nine when his three birdies were offset by two bogeys. There are six players who will start Sunday within three strokes of the lead. He admitted he did not play his greatest golf this week at The Players Championship, but was looking toward the week ahead with preparation on his mind. Instead, he'll enter the final round firmly in contention with a shot to win the tournament for the second time.

"So maybe I should have just taken it a bit easier over the weekend, but I was excited to get back, excited to get ready to play again, and so maybe just being a little over-keen was a detriment".

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Yes, there were plenty of those. "I didn't hit it great". Phil Mickelson shot a 78. Scott followed by spinning a shot off the bank and into the water for a double bogey, and he compounded that with another double bogey.

"The ban was subsequently rescinded when the World Anti-Doping Agency said they no longer considered use of the spray to be a doping violation without a positive test, but Singh filed a lawsuit in NY claiming the Tour's actions left him "'humiliated, ashamed, ridiculed, scorned and emotionally distraught".

"It was a matter of having a good day".

Scott is chasing the equal-largest come-from-behind victory in 36 years following Raymond Floyd's win in 1981.

"I just like this golf course", Garcia said. The 30-year-old, who secured his card by finishing third at the Qualifying School last November, came undone after running up a quadruple-bogey 8 at the second as he slumped to an 80 in his second round at Morgado Golf Resort. He also was seven back at 2-under 142. Somehow, Holmes shot 70. Standing on the range before we went out there was a good constant 25mph wind and on this course that's extremely hard to play.

Countryman Rod Pampling signed for a 74 and a 4-over total.

The course played a stroke and a half over par this week, and over the weekend, with the players who were striking it the best still in the field it played to almost two strokes over par, The last three winners of the tournament, Jason Day, Ricky Fowler and Martin Kaymer all finished in the bottom 10 of the tournament.