Rory McIlroy, who hurt his right wrist during the PGA Championship, believes his decision to hit a ball up against a tree root was not the best on-course move he had ever made.
Stupid shot. “Looking back on it now it was a stupid shot to play,” McIlroy said on his website Monday. The 22-year-old reigning U.S. Open champ immediately felt the ramifications of his mighty swipe on the third hole of day one at Atlanta Athletic Club. Despite ongoing pain from the incident, McIlroy continued to play and said his wrist was now none the worse for it.
His sore elbow and shoulder, on the other hand, have hindered McIlroy’s practice routine leading up to this week’s European Masters at Switzerland’s Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
“Now the wrist is totally fine, but when I’ve been practicing I’ve experienced a little bit of soreness on the outside of the elbow,” McIlroy blogged. “I think when I injured the wrist in the USPGA I started to compensate with my elbow and shoulder so that’s where it has come from.”
McIlroy also told AFP that his 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,” McIlroy said. “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 favoring it in any way.”
McIlroy said on his blog that he had not hit balls since Friday. In the meantime, he made his way to Switzerland for the tourney that begins Thursday — his travel delayed a day because of Hurricane Irene.
McIlroy had been in New York with his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, who Tuesday waltzed into the second round of her U.S. Open. The 21-year-old Dane holds the top seed and hoped to match McIlroy’s Open trophy with some hardware of her own.
Reunited? Speaking of country club romances, Sports Illustrated’s tennis tweeter reported that 2011 Bridgestone Invitational winner Adam Scott, 31, may have reunited with U.S. Open contender Ana Ivanovic.
“Adam Scott is sitting in Ana Ivanovic’s player box,” SI.com’s Beyond The Baseline tweeted Tuesday.
While @SI_BTBaseline noted later that 23-year-old Ivanovic would not “definitively confirm” a renewed relationship with Steve Williams’ new employer (“It was nice to see him again,” Ivanovic told BTBaseline’s Courtney Nguyen), the observer’s website went into a bit more detail.
“During Ana’s first-round victory…, her player’s box had two new faces,” dished Nguyen. “Donning a cap and sunglasses, was one Mr. Adam Scott.”
Ivanovic and Scott, 31, who’s in the field at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, became an item in January 2009 but broke up last year, according to multiple news reports. The 16th-seeded Ivanovic also breezed into the second round of the Open on Tuesday.