Rory McIlroy is set to tee it up at the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup finale Tour Championship shortly, but the three-time event winner is arriving at East Lake with back concerns after injuring himself while at home in Florida.
As reported by Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, the world number two hadn’t been able to hit any balls prior to this morning when arriving at the Georgia golf course that he’s had so much prior success at, and only hit 20 balls on the range.
The issue, believed to be muscular, means that the man ranked third in the FedEx Cup standings may be in some discomfort when he tees it up, making the task of reeling in Scottie Scheffler, to whom he’s already conceding three strokes in the staggered format, all the more difficult.
McIlroy addressed the press on Wednesday morning, but gave no allusion to any ailments he was suffering, and played no pre-tournament practice rounds.
Of course, East Lake is no stranger for the four-time major champion, being ever-present for the PGA Tour’s season ending event since retaking full PGA Tour membership for the 2012 season.
McIlroy begins the tournament at -7, three behind Scheffler who’s -10, with Viktor Hovland two behind the Texan at -8.
A victory this week would see the Holywood man capture his fourth FedEx Cup title, with Tiger Woods being the only other player to win multiple FedEx Cups since the event’s inception in 2007.
McIlroy is set to play alongside fourth-ranked Jon Rahm in the opening round, and they’re due to start at 18:49 Irish time and will be in the penultimate group behind Scheffler and Hovland.
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