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Rahm hits backward chip at PGA Championship

Rahm hits backward chip at PGA Championship

The four-time major victor has been far from his best over the a year ago as he struggled with the injury he picked up in the close season, and has admitted to rushing back before regaining full fitness.

Kevin Kisner stretched his lead by posting a 4-under-par 67 in Friday's second round at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

McIlroy was in danger of missing the halfway cut for the fourth time in his last seven major appearances after dropping four shots in the space of five holes at Quail Hollow. If I finish bogey-bogey-bogey I would probably be standing here going; I didn't need that break. You might see me in a couple of weeks time.

India's Anirban Lahiri struggled with his putter and slipped from tied 43rd to joint 68th by the end of the third day of the prestigious PGA Championships at Quail Hollow.

Those mistakes led to bogeys at the second, third, fifth and sixth before he rallied in true McIlroy style, converting five footers for birdie at the par-five seventh and short, par-four eighth before leaving a 12 footer hanging on the left lip at the last.

"I didn't hit a good putt on 17", Stroud said. "That's the next big thing on my radar".

McIlroy was referring to the Masters, which is the only major championship he hasn't won, meaning a Masters win would complete the career Grand Slam for him. "It's a Catch 22 because I want to play and I can play, but I can't put the practice in that I need to to get myself up in contention. That's rub of the green for you", he said.

The Clara man stood off his eight iron as a marshal shouted "Quiet Please", then hit "an unbelievably bad shot" 20 yards right into deep greenside rough. "As I said, the next big thing is April, and that's really what my focus will be on from now until then".

Jason Day reeled off three straight birdies and took a remarkable gamble that didn't pay off. So I don't know what to do.

He might also be wondering how he might have played had he been healthier this season.

That aside, McIlroy's strong finale may leave him wondering what might have been had he played as consistently well in the first three rounds. So it's there and I can play 18 holes.

"But once I get done, having to go through the whole routine of getting it ready to go again the next day, you shouldn't have to do that".

But he added: "If I'm capable of playing, I feel like why shouldn't I? It really depends", said the 28-year-old, who was out for seven weeks when he first sustained the injury, which he aggravated at The Players Championship in May and spent another month on the sidelines. "If it was injury-free, that wouldn't happen". I went from zero to hitting balls from three or four hours a day.


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