Rory McIlroy revealed he sustained a lower back injury foam rolling in his home gym after finding himself three back of the lead at the Tour Championship.
Scottie Scheffler started the PGA Tour's $75m season finale with a two-shot lead over the field at 10-under.
But by day's end a disastrous triple bogey six at the par-3 15th saw Scheffler post an opening round of 1-over 71.
You will not believe how many holes Scottie Scheffler went on the PGA Tour between making TRIPLE bogeys?!— Andy Roberts (@AndyRobertsGolf) August 25, 2023
I can't remember the last round I played that didn't include a triple bogey tbf
Morikawa carded an astonishing, bogey-free 9-under 61. Bradley's opener was an equally impressive 63 whereas Norway's Hovland found two birdies on the back nine for a bogey-free 68.
"Shoot, no better time, I guess, in our Tour Championship to show up and start playing some golf," a delighted Morikawa said.
McIlroy, chasing his fourth FedEx Cup title, looked in visible discomfort and rallied on the back nine to post a level par 70.
Alongside McIlroy on 7-under is reigning Masters champion Jon Rahm.
McIlroy told a pool of reporters how he sustained his injury after his round.
It turns out, his back went into spasm after he tried to stretch out after feeling a little tight.
#INJURY — According to Golf Channel’s @ToddLewisGC, Rory McIlroy injured his lower back while at home this past week. After an uncomfortable warm up session, Rory is out on the course at East Lake. Follow @TrackingRory & @InjuryReportPGA for updates— NUCLR GOLF (@NUCLRGOLF) August 24, 2023
McIlroy said the thought of withdrawing was not on his mind. "I was always going to tee off," he said.
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