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Rory McIlroy’s ‘chilly plunge’ breeds hope for Tour Championship protection


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.

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.

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.


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