McIlroy gives rib tick of approval after successful return
Mar 04, 2017, 00:46
And still, McIlroy outscored his playing partner, the world No1 Dustin Johnson, by two.
"Obviously I didn't score very well at all", Johnson said. This time, he didn't get the right bounces and turns.
The Masters - the only major keeping McIlroy from the career Grand Slam - starts in five weeks.
Then again, that time off gave him a good view of the competition.
The 43-year-old Englishman led by two strokes before stumbling at the end, while Mickelson rolled in a 16-footer for birdie at the last to join him with a four-under 67. Although he came fifth in the Open Championship, he didn't really contend'.
Jordan Spieth had an OK round. Johnson reached No. 1 the following week with a five-shot lead at Riviera.
"I probably could have played Honda (Classic) last week, but I didn't know how my body would react after playing four days in a row so I thought this was great". But I haven't eaten so I'm a little weak The positive news is that I didn't feel the rib at all. "And I don't often say that". It's a pleasure to play a golf course where your caddie doesn't hand you the driver walking off the previous green.
"But not the number that they have today". I had a good time.
The question is how quickly he can recover. I felt like I hit the ball really well, though. "It's tough, but I know that he's working hard to try and get back". I haven't had that.
"I'm definitely a bit weak". - McIlroy describing the stomach issues he suffered prior to the opening round.
McIlroy offered another apology on Tuesday and stressed his decision to play the round had nothing to do with politics.
He said he felt the pain in his rib on Friday but kept playing because he didn't want to let anyone down. After a winter break, he lost to Graeme Storm in a playoff in South Africa.
McIlroy was only heard from on a few touchy subjects.
The Northern Ireland star said he was taken aback by the scale of the criticism he had received for his round with Trump, insisting he had put politics to one side for the occasion. The Golf Channel's Todd Lewis said that McIlroy had dinner Wednesday night with his parents and fiancee Erica Stoll, and also "played conservative" because of his stomach ache. He said their common ground was golf, nothing more. Mickelson commented, "Even though the golf course doesn't play long because of the altitude, it is challenging in many other respects with the precision of the irons, the small targets that the greens present and the speed and undulation of the greens. So hopefully, it's just a day thing and it will pass". "We talked golf the entire day".
Every shot counts now. That looked to be as good as ever.
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