Rory McIlroy dealing with sore back again

Beth Cruz
May 18, 2017

The newlywed world No. 2, who missed nearly two months of action at the start of this year after picking up a rib stress fracture, will undergo a scan on Monday after ongoing problems during the Players Championship. Hopefully, all going well, we get back on.

McIlroy fared the better of the two, carding a one-under 71 to move to one under for the tournament.

McIlroy could now be forced to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship which takes place in a fortnight's time and has a prize fund of £5.4million as the first event of the European Tour's Rolex Series.

After starting on the back nine at Sawgrass, Day birdied the 11th, 13th and 16th to reach the turn in 33, before holing from 65ft across the first green.

"I've just sort of been managing it since, so it's okay, it's manageable". Things got interesting down the stretch, though, as Holmes' final four tee shots weren't just off the fairway - they were off the map. It's obviously not a hundred percent, but it's good enough to get myself around here for the next couple of days.

He finished with a 73 and is now six shots behind leaders William McGirt and Mackenzie Hughes, who each finished with a five-under 67.

Americans JB Holmes and Kyle Stanley share the lead on nine under par, with former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen a shot behind and South Korea's Si Woo Kim a further stroke adrift.

The 36-year-old Scott, chasing his first Tour win in 14 months, is confident of delivering his best golf during the weekend rounds.

But the four-time major victor then bogeyed the fifth and although he did birdie the ninth for the third day running, he was unable to pick up further shots on the par-five 11th or short 12th, where his long-iron tee-shot bounded through the green.

Poulter is looking to make the most of retaining his PGA Tour card after fellow professional Brian Gay alerted officials to a discrepancy in the points structure used for players competing on major medical extensions.

After playing just 13 tournaments a year ago due to a foot injury, Poulter had 10 events this season to earn 218 FedEx Cup points or 347,634 USA dollars (£269,755) to remain fully exempt.

Poulter defied the windy conditions at Sawgrass to card 17 pars and a solitary birdie in a third round of 71 which kept him firmly in contention for a first victory since 2012.

He came up short in both categories with 155 FedEx Cup points and United States dollars 317,010 (£245,991), but Gay - who was also playing on a medical exemption after back problems - came to the rescue by discovering a difference between the way points were allotted this season compared to a year ago.

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