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Rory's painful story

Rory McIlroy bravely carried on through the pain at the USPGA Championship in Atlanta after injuring his right wrist playing a high-risk shot.

The 22-year-old US Open champion's drive down the 475-yard third finished against a tree root, but he tried a full-blooded second rather than just chipping out onto the fairway.

McIlroy's club came flying out of his hands and he immediately felt his wrist. The world number four was handed an ice pack to apply and then given a lengthly examination on the fifth green.

Many might have thought it not worth carrying on with so many holes still to play, but PGA Tour physio Digby Watt told Sky Sports the Northern Irish star should be all right to complete his round.

"From what we can tell it looks like he should be okay," he said. "The nerve that runs through his hand all the way up to his shoulder could be a bit irritated - we hope it's not too bad.

"It's hard to tell, but you can play through those. Hopefully he's ruled out any fractures or tears and as long as he ices it he should hopefully be able to get through the round without any damage."

McIlroy, having bogeyed the hole where the incident happened, even got up and down from a bunker on the long fifth and then sank a 20-foot putt for another birdie at the next.

Another bogey came on the eighth before his arm was bandaged up and he did well to par the ninth for an outward level par 35, seven adrift of American Steve Stricker, whose 63 equalled the major record.

McIlroy had even more bandaging applied before starting the back nine, then spoke to a physio again after a bad drive into the trees on the 10th. Again he decided to carry on and after chipping out onto the 18th fairway hit his third over the tall pines to 15 feet and made the par putt.

He drove badly on the long 12th as well, this time left, but was on in three and holed from 15 feet for birdie and remarkably went to one under and joint 18th. His management company, meanwhile, were making arrangements for him to have a scan at a local hospital after he finished.


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