Talk around the first two majors of the PGA Tour season has been dominated by those missing in action (Tiger and DJ at The Masters, Tiger and (most likely) Phil at the U.S. Open), so fans should be excited to hear that one of the biggest names, who was a question mark for Erin Hills, will (for now) tee it up.
Four-time major champion, and current world No. 2, Rory McIlroy announced via Twitter that his health has trended positively, and he believes he will be healthy enough to compete at the U.S. Open.
McIlroy had missed time in two separate 2017 stretches due to a rib injury suffered in January.
- Injury Origin: McIlroy suffered a rib injury back in January that he believes occurred when he was engaged in offseason equipment testing. He missed a few events that he was scheduled to play in, but was back on the course by March.
- Nagging Injury: Rory re-aggravated the injury early at THE PLAYERS one month ago, but played the rest of the tournament anyway, finishing a disappointing T35. He has not played since then, withdrawing from last week’s Memorial Tournament.
- Limited Schedule: McIlroy has played just six PGA Tour events this season, with four top 10s. His best finish was a T4 at both the WGC-HSBC Champions in October and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
- Ready To Go: Rory McIlroy, who won the 2011 U.S. Open in a blowout (8 strokes), said on Twitter that his progress has been “good” and he is “excited” about competing in this year’s U.S. Open next week at Erin Hills near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) June 5, 2017
“I am ready for Erin Hills and looking forward to playing there for the first time. The last few weeks have obviously been frustrating – I never like to miss events either on the PGA Tour or European Tour – but it was important I got back to a level of fitness where I felt I could give myself the best possible chance at the U.S. Open.”
–Rory McIlroy, as quoted in The Guardian
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