A decision that can only be described as being bizarre has left Rory McIlroy with a strained tendon in his right wrist at the 93rd PGA Championship.
Hooking his tee-shot on the par four 3rd, his ball came to rest against the root of a tree. He was left with the choice of playing it safe by punching out sideways or to have a go at the green with a risk of incurring injury. Not known for being a safe player, he opted to go for the green, injuring himself in the process.
Wrist injuries have plagued many good golfers over the years, namely Luke Donald (2008) and Trevor Immelman (2009), which has seen them take a good few years to fully recover.
Although McIlroy played through the pain for the remainder of the round, a physiotherapist advised him to keep it iced as no matter what happened, he could not damage it any further. On completion of his round, he headed straight for a hospital where an MRI scan confirmed he had strained his tendon.
It seems that the young golfer won't allow this injury to force his withdrawal from the final Major of the year as he feels he is still in contention. "It's a very important tournament and I'm still even par," McIlroy said. "I'm still in the hunt. So we'll see what the results are tonight and if I can strap it up and play again tomorrow, I will."
With such a bright future ahead of him, was this the right choice to make? Or should he have rather played it safe?