Rory McIlroy returns to action this week in Switzerland at the Omega European Masters for the first time since injuring his wrist on a tree root at the PGA Championship. In a message to fans on his website, McIlroy said that he was “stupid” to play the shot that caused the injury, and that he is still experiencing some pain in his elbow from the incident.
Looking back on it now it was a stupid shot to play on the 3rd, at the time I thought I could get away with it, but obviously I didn't and it put paid to my chances of a second major this year. It was a disappointing way to finish the major season but I was proud of myself to have made the cut and to complete four rounds -- I think it was a sense of pride and I really didn't want to pull out of the event. Even though it was hurting a lot I just wanted to finish the tournament just for a bit of self-satisfaction -- so at least I accomplished one goal that week.
Now, the wrist is totally fine but when I've been practising I've experienced a little bit of soreness on the outside of the elbow. I practised three times last week and after maybe an hour it started to get a bit sore but I can definitely play. 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.
...I'll have a chance to improve my world ranking position which has gone down to 6th after the USPGA. I think if I win next week I can get back up to 3rd so that's a nice little goal for me, and also I'd like to get a little bit closer to the top two.
The field's oldest player, Arnold Palmer, was warmly welcomed back to Portland, where he last played in the 2002 Fred Meyer Challenge. On Monday, Palmer and partner Peter Jacobsen finished at 1 under, but it didn't matter to the large gallery that followed them. The love for the 81-year-old legend started at the morning clinic, where he received two standing ovations, and continued until he and Jacobsen approached the 18th green.
A marshal, breaking protocol, watched the grandstands as Palmer was showered with a rousing ovation but wasn't satisfied, so he started raising his arms and yelling at the fans, "Stand up you guys! C'mon! Get up off your butts!"
Tropical Storm Irene knocked down about 75 trees around the course, but none hit any greens, tee boxes or fairways, according to tournament director Eric Baldwin.Stray Shots: Tiger Woods Ian Poulter
"We didn't have any damage to the actual golf course," he said.
There are tens of thousand of trees on the property of Mansfield Avenue, so the number is relatively minor, Baldwin said.
There was some minor damage to some tents, but they were being repaired Monday, he said. While chainsaws and wood chippers could be heard around the course, the real work was putting up signs and tents around the course that had been taken down in advance of the storm.
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