McIlroy to undergo test on troublesome back

"The win previous year was huge for my confidence. kind of proved to myself that, hey, I can play golf at the major championship level".

Watching the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass and wishing you were there? "I'm going for a MRI scan just to make sure it's not serious and then I'll see what we do from there". "I've just been managing it since".

NBC Sports' popular cable-suspended "Supra Cam" returns to The Players Championship this year, flying for 150 yards over the body of water between the 16th- and 17th-hole greens. With a back right pin position, most players laid up. The new conditions, with changes to the 12 hole, may make it more hard.

"If I go out tomorrow morning and post a good score I can get back in the tournament", McIlroy said.

Sergio Garcia celebrates his hole-in-one on the 17th during the first round of The Players Championship.

Among that group are each of the top 10 players in the current FedExCup standings and every victor on the PGA Tour since last year's Players Championship.

The 2010 US Open champion - who claimed a top 20 finish at the Wells Fargo Championship last week - picked up four birdies on his front nine, dropping only one shot, to get to four under and within three of the leaders at the time.

On the 14th, Scott left his approach at the par-4 just short of the green, but he banged in a 44-foot putt from the fringe to drop to 5-under for his round. "2-under, good solid start, no one's going insane low or anything like that, so a lot of golf to be played". But that's golf and hopefully I don't make those mistakes over the next three days and actually capitalise on the opportunities that I give myself. That's going to happen.

Brooks Koepka had a reasonable day and could have been better than his 74, except for putting his tee shot into the water on both par 3s on the back nine. "It paid off", said Hughes, who already has won (Sea Island) in his rookie season on the PGA Tour.

What thrilled the Spaniard even more was the number on his card - 1.

Hughes had a solid round of five birdies and no bogeys.

Garcia said it was 12th ace in competition.

Speaking after the second round at the Players Championship on Friday, McIlroy acknowledged that he had aggravated his back.

A slight cause for concern for McIlroy was stiffness in his back, which he believes has built up as a result of not hitting many balls over the past few weeks due to his wedding and honeymoon.

"It's obviously not 100 percent", he said. "We just hope it's not the same thing, the joint and the rib".

On top of that was the news on Thursday that he had suffered pain in his back after the round.

Jason Day, of Australia, hits from the 10th fairway during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He just didn't expect to be punished like this.

"There's just not really a moment where you can let up", Hughes said. I think that's hard to do. "And I overreacted probably a bit, but all in all, you just don't see that very often".

"I didn't have any other shot", he said. With that lie, he said he had no chance. Despite his frustrations, Johnson salvaged a 71 with enough quality shots and some tremendous lag putts for par, including one from 88 feet on the par-four 15th. He was never under par the rest of the day and shot 73.

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