McIlroy plans to defend FedExCup title: report
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[August 19, 2017]
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy plans
to play again this year after suggesting last week that he might not
compete again in 2017 to aid his recovery from a back muscle injury,
according to his management group.
McIlroy's management confirmed in an email that the world number
four intends to defend his FedExCup title, the BBC reported on
The world number four shot a closing 68 to tie for 22nd in the PGA
Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday.
"You might not see me until next year," the 28-year-old, who has not
won a major in three years, said at the time.
The confirmation from his management followed a tweet from McIlroy
announcing details of a competition to play with him in the pro-am
before next month's BMW Championship, the third event in the PGA
Tour's FedExCup playoffs series.
The Northern Irishman won the second playoffs event in 2016 before
clinching the $10 million bonus as he topped the standings after
winning the season-ending Tour Championship.
This year's playoffs begin with the Northern Trust event in New York
from Aug 24-27 before the Dell Technologies Championship takes place
a week later in Boston.
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Rory McIlroy walks onto the 12th green during the final round of the
PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY
After a week's break, the series resumes with the BMW Championship
in Illinois before the top 30 in the standings advance to the
concluding Tour Championship in Atlanta.
McIlroy took six weeks off after losing in a playoff for the South
African Open in January, when he first felt the back spasms, which
are exacerbated when he plays.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in Tampa; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)
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