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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. —
Rory hurt his wrist on the third hole on Thursday and played through pain to finish even-par, leaving his participation in the tournament in doubt.
The Northern Irishman underwent an MRI scan on Thursday which showed he had strained a tendon in his right wrist and said he would wait till the morning before deciding whether to continue at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
With fears that he may have to pull out of the final major of the season, McIlroy entered the practice range just 25 minutes before his tee time with tight strapping around his wrist and lower arm and a bandage up the length of his forearm.
The 22-year-old’s appeal was evident from the six television cameras that followed his every move on the range and from the warm welcome he received from the gallery as he teed off on the 10th tee.
McIlroy drove sweetly down the center of the fairway as he began his attempt to catch up with first-round leader Steve Stricker, who has a two-shot advantage over fellow American Jerry Kelly after an opening 63.
There was an early setback to that bid, though, as McIlroy bogeyed his opening hole when he three-putted.
Dustin hasn’t won anything yet, but he has proven to us throughout the course of the last year or so that he can at least contend on a consistent basis. The only problem is that he tends to shoot himself in the foot. At last year’s U.S. Open, it was a string of bogeys in the final round. Later on at the PGA Championship, it was the grounded club incident. At the British Open, Johnson was done in by an awful out of bounds shot.
And so on. The plain English version is that Johnson is a choke artist. Not a nice thing to say, but it’s true.
If you’re a pessimist, that’s exactly why you’re not expecting anything out of Johnson this weekend. But me, I’m an optimist. At some point, Johnson’s luck is going to turn around. And given his track record, you have to think this is going to happen when he is poised to win a major. Luck has escaped him in these moments in the past. When it finally shows up, Johnson will be on his way.
If you wanted to, you could argue that banking a major prediction on a player’s luck is a pretty dumb way to go about it. If you do say that, though, clearly you’re not a golfer.
Make no mistake, the golf gods are out there. At some point, they’re going to cut Dustin Johnson some slack. When they do, they will also be cutting America some slack.
Phil Mickelson is currently listed at 20/1 odds. Phil has claimed just one victory this year, and his scoring has been sporadic. Still, he has slowly been grooving his stroke.
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