Stroud 1 stroke off lead at PGA Championship

  • Stroud 1 stroke off lead at PGA Championship

Stroud 1 stroke off lead at PGA Championship

McIlroy now has gone three years since his last major title at Valhalla in the PGA Championship. You might see me in a couple of weeks time.

"It's not a factor when I'm out on the course, but it's a factor off the course in terms of how much time I can practice", said McIlroy to Sky Sports after his third round on Saturday.

The play-offs get under way with the Northern Trust Open on August 24 and McIlroy is the defending champion of the Dell Technologies Championship the following week.

Asked "why" he would play in the FedExCup events, McIlroy's answer was rather damning.

"So I don't know what to do". It's there. I can feel it. "It's a Catch-22". "I have got this next week off to assess what I need to go forward".

McIlroy, ranked No. 4 in the world, suffered a stress fracture of a rib in January while overdoing it in practice and took almost two months off before playing again. "It's sort of the way it has been the last few weeks", McIlroy said. I have upped my practice coming into these two events because I wanted to feel like I was in a good place in my game. The ball appeared to finish right on the lip. His chip stopped about 10 feet from the hole and after that bogey putt went wide right, he tapped in for a double bogey that left him six strokes behind Kisner.

"I've been on the (treatment) table a lot this week", he said.

"I have a good bit of time to get healthy and address a few things going forward". "At the same time ..."

McIlroy paused for the longest time.

But as he faced the media afterwards, McIlroy admitted his focus was already on the Masters in April and that he would take another lengthy break from competitive golf, ruling him out of both the FedExCup and the Race to Dubai Final Series, if he felt he was unable to play at his best.

April is the Masters, the only major keeping McIlroy from the career Grand Slam. He started perfectly with a birdie at the first but he has missed a six-footer for par at the third and is back where he started. "You don't want to be teeing off at 9:45 on the final rounds of a major on a Sunday".

"An injury like this, it's eight full weeks of rest before you start to rehab it and then you go again", he said.

McIlroy said the pain is not almost as severe as in May at the Players Championship when it flared.

"It's there. I can feel it, " he said. Last year: Walker held on for par on the 18th hole at Baltusrol for a 3-under 67 and a one-shot victory over Jason Day.