GOLF: Struggling McIlroy may miss rest of season

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy might not play again in 2017 as he continues to struggle with the injury which has limited him to 13 events in a winless season, his third in succession without a major title.

McIlroy came into the US PGA Championship as the pre-tournament favourite on the back of top-five finishes in his last two starts and a brilliant record at the host venue of Quail Hollow, including two wins and a course record of 61.

However, the 28-year-old was never in contention for a first major victory since the 2014 US PGA at Valhalla and completed a closing 68 before the final groups teed off in round four.

Asked after his third round how far off his best he was following a year which has included a serious injury, a change of equipment, his wedding and a split from long-term caddie JP Fitzgerald, McIlroy simply replied: “Looking forward to 2018.”

And speaking on Sunday, the 28-year-old expanded on his dilemma about playing again this season or trying to win the FedEx Cup - and USD10million bonus - for the second year running.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said McIlroy, who suffered the rib/back injury testing equipment over the winter.

“You might not see me until next year. It really depends. 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.”

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