Will Rory McIlroy withdraw from the Irish Open? Let him tell you

World No.2 Rory McIlroy insists he's not too concerned with his back injury despite the Ryder Cup being a matter of weeks away. 

Will Rory McIlroy withdraw from the Irish Open? Let him tell you

Rory McIlroy insists he's 'not too concerned' with a lower back injury that flared up before the Tour Championship despite the Ryder Cup being only a matter of weeks away. 

McIlroy, 34, revealed his back went into spasm during a stretching and foam rolling session. 

The issue arose shortly after he was having a splash in the swimming pool with his young daughter Poppy.

The Northern Irishman had little time to prep for the season-ending event on the PGA Tour, only hitting a handful of balls Thursday morning. 

And now it looks like McIlroy will have to wait another year before having a crack at a fourth FedEx Cup title at East Lake considering he was miles off runaway third round leader Viktor Hovland.

"I can console myself that I've done pretty well around here in the past," McIlroy told Sky Sports

McIlroy said he had at no point did he have any plans to withdraw from the $75m PGA Tour finale. 

And he's confident his back will settle down enough so he can participate in the Irish Open and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth before the Ryder Cup in Italy next month. 

He continued:

"Hopefully finish off the tournament and the PGA Tour season with a good score
"And then I guess next week, we'll just be focused on getting myself right, some treatment, probably a little bit of time in the gym, doing some sort of rehab exercises, and just making sure that I'm 100 per cent ready to go for Irish Open, then Wentworth and then obviously, we've got another week and then the Ryder Cup.
"So not too concerned that it's going give me any bother for the next few weeks.
"I'm glad that it started to settle down. It's a shame that it happened this week and I haven't really been able to get the best out of myself, but I'm pretty confident that I'm going to be in a good spot for the next few weeks.”
"I felt a little bit behind the eight ball the entire week.
"So yeah, look, I can console myself that I've done pretty well around here in the past, and you know, I'm sure I'll have plenty more chances in the future as well."

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Despite being injured, McIlroy was still able to smash one drive 383 yards during the third round which prompted an amusing reaction from golf fans. 

This season on the PGA Tour, McIlroy is hitting the ball farther than he ever has, averaging a total driving distance of 325.7 yards. 

That's more than a bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau managed in his heyday when he averaged 323.7 off the tee in the 2021-2022 season. 

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