Day treading water on PGA Champs final day

Rory McIlroy did not play as well as he envisioned when it was announced that the 2017 PGA Championship would be played at a course where he's found loads of success in Quail Hollow.

As for McIlroy - ranked 128th of the 130 PGA Tour pros in the field from 100-125 yards - he was bullish about his chances of making a weekend comeback but will need to hit more fairways and improve drastically with the putter.

"I don't know, " he said, pausing and adding, "Yeah, I don't know". It's there. I can feel it.

"And then I hit a few nice shots middle of the round". So, again, it's a Catch 22.

McIlroy, ranked No. 4 in the world, suffered a stress fracture of a rib in January while overdoing it in practice and took almost two months off before playing again.

In the next three holes, the 30-year-old got as many bogeys as he completed the front nine with a four-over.

Chris Stroud watches the flight of his ball to the 17th green in the third round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

"So I hit a six iron and just said, "okay, I'll bounce it up the cart path and see where this goes".

McIlroy ended another season without a major by revealing he has felt spasms from a muscle in his upper back the last few weeks. "That is his PGA right out of the window with one insane decision". Inside of my left arm goes numb.

Asked if he saw a "low one" out there, he said: "Yeah, but I guess a low round used to be a 61 or a 62".

Scott also gave a lukewarm thumbs-up to the hole locations, which some players thought were on the edge of being unfair on Saturday. "At the same time ... That's the next big thing on my radar".

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He'll tee off in the final group at 1:45 p.m. "That is not where you want to be".

"[The pain is] not as bad".

"I can feel it". "I can play 18 holes, I warm it up and it's OK".

Matsuyama said through an interpreter that he had "no words of advice" for Day, "but let's go get 'em tomorrow". If I was injury-free, that wouldn't happen.

McIlroy said he was flying back to Northern Island on Sunday night, and he would consult his medical people there.

'I didn't have it written in a diary from when I was young that I need to win a career grand slam as the youngest ever.

The world's former No. 1 player has dropped to seventh in the rankings, but came to Quail Hollow Club with what he described as slowly building confidence after finishing in a tie for 24th last week at Bridgestone.

"An injury like this, it's eight full weeks of rest before you start to rehab it and then you go again", he told reporters. He discovered a slight rib fracture after a playoff loss in the South African Open and he took seven weeks off to let it heal.

"I switched it off for a couple of weeks because I was getting married, going on honeymoon".

"I didn't build up the volume gradually".

His final hole might have been tough to explain. "That aggravated it a little bit", McIlroy said.

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