Sunday 20 August 2017

McIlroy wrist 'fine' to play in Euro Masters

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Bernie McGuire, Crans-sur-Sierre

Apart from a slight 'deadness' in his shoulder, Rory McIlroy has given his injured right wrist a clean bill of health ahead of resuming competition at this week's European Masters in Switzerland.

McIlroy joined Australia's Andrew Dodt yesterday to play a full 18-hole practice round on the Crans-sur-Sierre course.

It was McIlroy's first full practice round since injuring his wrist in playing a shot from close to a tree root at the third hole during the opening round of the US PGA Championship in Atlanta.

While in Connecticut to cheer on new girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki to her fourth straight New Haven victory last weekend, McIlroy took to the practice range at the nearby TPC River Highlands course.

And McIlroy also hit balls on the range at Yale University GC.

"The wrist is fine and I'm good to play. I'm rid of the bandages on my wrist and I'm off the pain-killers and anti-inflammatories," he said.

"The only slight concern -- and it's only slight and it's only when I am not swinging a golf club -- is the area around my shoulder feels like it's dead or numb.

"I've been told there's a little bit of an impingement in the front part of my shoulder, but with some continued treatment and massaging I will be fine.

"But it's not worrying me and there's no problem in playing any shots and it's not holding me back in any way and I'm not protecting or favouring it in any way."

McIlroy's presence on the course drew much interest -- especially when he made his way to the 16th green. Some 30 patrons sitting outside the Grand Hotel du Golf Palace that is located by the 17th tee abandoned their drinks to grab snaps of the US Open champion, and McIlroy happily obliged.

McIlroy will play the Pro-Am today before joining defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez and Korean Noh Seung-yul for the opening two rounds of the €2m event.

Irish Independent

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