Rory McIlroy says tests show no new injury to his back

Rory Mc Ilroy

McIlroy will now rest and decide early next week whether he is fit enough to compete in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, which starts on May 25.

- Rory McIlroy says tests indicate no new injury to his back, only what he described as a "low-grade response" to his rib injury in January.

Now McIlroy fears he will miss the BMW PGA and where he reigned supreme in 2014. I've just sort of been managing it since.

Rahm is looking to become just the third player to win the Players in his first try, joining Hal Sutton (1983) and Craig Perks (2002).

"If that injury was an eight or a nine in terms of pain and soreness and stiffness, this is around a four or five", he said. "I feel like I can distinguish what the difference is between the two, so it's about making sure there's no spasm and it doesn't really tighten up around the joint". So my body adapted and got used to playing and practising again. The player spent nearly five hours hitting balls on the range that day.

"I felt a bit of stiffness on Sunday", he said. The back has been the most common area of injury for players, from Tiger Woods' re-aggravated back injury to Dustin Johnson's fall at the Masters.

"It's Sawgrass, it's tricky", McIlroy said. Jon Rahm, a player whose star continues to rise at pace, signed for a 72 to remain at four under.

Rahm enters the weekend 4-under par and in the mix, five shots out of the lead held by Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley. To come back to this golf course that we know how challenging it is, it's maybe not the best thing.

Willett, who has been hampered by back problems throughout his career, struggled to an opening 79 on Thursday and had covered the back nine at Sawgrass in 40 before calling it a day.

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