ATLANTA — Rory McIlroy had a way more extended warmup Friday, versus the short-range session he had earlier than his opening spherical Thursday.
He hit practically 75 photographs, which included wedges, brief irons, lengthy irons, woods, and driver. He additionally spent ample time chipping and hitting bunker photographs within the observe space.
It was a full observe session.
Rory had a way more extended observe session in the present day. Hit at the very least 60 balls. Perhaps 75.
Hit wedges, lengthy irons, woods and driver.
— Jack Milko (@jack_milko) August 25, 2023
McIlroy confirmed no indicators of ache on the vary both. He didn’t grimace; as a substitute, after hitting about six or eight photographs, he would pause, stretch out the decrease proper aspect of his again, and resume his warmup.
Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel additionally reported that the ache didn’t ‘really feel worse’ Friday after receiving a ‘chilly plunge.’ Nevertheless, his again doesn’t really feel considerably higher both.
@McIlroyRory is about to tee off for spherical two of The @TOURChamp. Had therapy and a chilly plunge this morning. Again will not be worse than Thursday however not considerably higher. Carrying fairly a little bit of tape to help his again.
— Todd Lewis (@ToddLewisGC) August 25, 2023
Information of McIlroy’s again points broke Thursday morning, simply hours earlier than his scheduled tee time.
Some questioned if McIlroy would even play.
However after carding an even-par spherical of 70 Thursday, McIlroy indicated he by no means thought of withdrawing. He additionally revealed throughout his post-round session with the media that it was a ‘foam-roll spasm.’
He injured his again whereas taking part in together with his daughter earlier within the week in Jupiter, Florida. He additional aggravated whereas figuring out on Wednesday.
But, regardless of the damage, he powered by his opening spherical, carding 4 birdies on the back-nine to remain in competition on the Tour Championship.
He started his second spherical Friday alongside Matthew Fitzpatrick at 1:27 p.m. ET.
Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Enjoying By way of. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. You should definitely try @_PlayingThrough too.