Rory McIlroy stunner: You might not see me for a long time

  • Rory McIlroy stunner: You might not see me for a long time

Rory McIlroy stunner: You might not see me for a long time

A birdie on the 15th helped McIlroy to the turn in 35 shots, but he then bogeyed the second, third, fifth and sixth holes to lie outside the projected cut mark, before birdies on the seventh and eighth saw him safely through to the weekend.

Chris Stroud, the last man to qualify for the PGA Championship, completed a three-under-par 68 on Saturday morning to join 2015 victor Jason Day in a tie for third before setting off for the third round at Quail Hollow.

Winless this year and having battled back and rib injuries, McIlroy suggested his 2017 could be over, but the Northern Irishman is unsure what his immediate future holds.

"It's not a factor when I'm out on the course, but it's a factor off the course in terms of how much time I can practice", McIlroy said. "You might not see me until next year", he said on Sunday. You might see me in a couple of weeks' time.

"Right now I can feel my left rhomboid going into spasm", McIlroy said after closing with a 3-under 68 at Quail Hollow. While he won't become the youngest to win golf's four biggest events, he wasted little time in putting things in perspective.

The 35-year-old is still seeking his first victory on Tour, and a major would not be a bad way to start.

Matsuyama said through an interpreter that he had "no words of advice" for Day, "but let's go get 'em tomorrow". You don't want to be teeing off at 09:45 on the final rounds of a major on a Sunday. "I've got this next week off to assess what I need to go forward". "As I said, the next big thing is April and that's really what my focus will be on from now until then". "I feel like a sense of. not duty, but I've missed a lot of time already".

He said the pain he's feeling now is "not as bad" as it was in May, when he said it "really sort of flared up on me" at the Players Championship. So it's there and I can play 18 holes. For the first time this week we are in groups of two - the players were forced to play in three-balls yesterday to make up for lost time on Friday - so the tension will be cranked up a notch. "If it was injury-free, that wouldn't happen".

"Right now, I can feel my left rhomboid going into spasm", said McIlroy after his fourth round.

"I just haven't it allowed it the time to fully heal".

He might also be wondering how he might have played had he been healthier this season. "But if I want to challenge on a more consistent basis, I need to get 100 per cent healthy".