Back nine show ensures Lahiri makes cut at PGA Championships

After admitting an injury has nagged him for weeks and he was uncertain about his future, McIlroy made it clear he will spend the next week sorting out his plans for the remainder of the year.

A disappointed Anirban Lahiri has given up hope of winning the PGA Championship but is eyeing an under-par finish, he said after falling 11 strokes behind second-round leaders Hideki Matsuyama and Rory McIlroy on Friday.

Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy had to birdie his 16th and 17th to post a second successive 72 having flirted briefly with the cut line after four back nine bogeys in five holes.

"Look, I don't know what I'm going to do", he said.

Jason Day is struggling to bounce back from his third-round collapse at the US PGA Championship and is even par midway through the final round on Sunday.

The four-time major champion said he was still considering whether to play the FedEx Cup Play-offs, which begin later in August.

"The PGA Championship, I think, is going to be the toughest for me", said Spieth. "That's the next big thing on my radar".

When Spieth competes in the PGA Championship next year in St. Louis, he will be older than Woods was when he earned the career Grand Slam at 24 years, 6 months old. I got back playing and it felt okay through the Masters.

He'll tee off in the final group at 1:45 p.m. "That is not where you want to be", he said.

"Right now I can feel my left rhomboid going into spasm, and that's the way it has been the last few weeks. I have a good bit of time to get healthy and address a few things going forward, so the next big thing is April and that's really what my focus will be on from now until then".

"It was only an eight iron and I was licking my chops, thinking, give me another birdie!", Lowry said of the 17th after ending the day tied for 23rd on one-over. On the 11th, a tap-in from less than three feet resulted in a bogey and on 12th, he went into the rough and got only to the fringe in three and ended with a second successive bogey.

That aside, McIlroy's strong finale may leave him wondering what might have been had he played as consistently well in the first three rounds. Well, it happens to be so "golf" that after talking to the press yesterday he was desperate to get back to the practice range. Nor near as bad as The Players [championship] when it really sort of flared up on me.

He birdied the fourth to turn in one under par, then converted from eight feet for birdie at the 10th, made a 20 footer at the 11th, saved par from 14 feet at the 12th, knocked in a seven footer for birdie at the driveable 14th and chipped dead to set up a tap in birdie at the par-five 15th to get two under. "But the more I play, it's just not allowing that time to heal 100 percent".

"I didn't putt well for a good year before that".

  • Stacy Allen