Rory Mcilroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Justine Rose. The list of incredible athletes goes on as a star-studded field takes to Whistling Straits at this year’s final major, the PGA Championship.
This year’s final major has be one of the most anticipated PGA Championship’s for decades as Spieth goes for his third major this year, Dustin Johnson looks to finally overcome his major demons and win for the first time and of course the return of the world number 1.
Rory Mcilroy has been out for six weeks due to ligament damage in his ankle playing a casual game of football with his friends. He missed his chance to retain his Open title at St Andrews and missed the WGC Bridgestone Championship last week. But after a few weeks of decent recovery and time to practice and get back to his best, he makes an appearance this week to retain his PGA Championship title.
“It can happen walking off a tee box, or on the street falling off a curb, it can happen doing anything. Unfortunately my foot just got stuck in the turf and I was out for a few weeks. It could have been a lot worse, it could have required surgery. I’ve done a lot of rehab and a lot of hard work to get back as quickly as I could. I wasn’t trying to focus on any one event to try to get back for, I just wanted to try to get back as quickly as possible. It just so happens that this is the event that I felt 100% ready to come back and play.”
In eight PGA Tour starts this season, the Northern Irishman has won twice, made six top 10s and missed a cut. With an injury thrown in there, you would start to think maybe with the quality he has and the form he has been on, the injury would not matter. But we sometimes forget that Mcilroy isn’t the only professional golfer around. With the likes of Spieth, Dustin and Louis Oosthuizen dominating proceedings, it won’t be easy for Mcilroy to come straight back from injury and into winning ways.
The thing that separates Mcilroy from the rest of the field is that you can never really rule him out. The last time we saw this was when Tiger Woods overshadowed the rest of the golfing world. Mcilroy has a first round scoring average of 71.14 but a final round average of 68.83 which puts into perspective how good he is at winning. If he puts himself into contention, there will be no other winner.