"So I hit a six iron and just said, "okay, I'll bounce it up the cart path and see where this goes". I wasn't keeping his score", said Kisner, who was in Day's group along with Hideki Matsuyama.
"I knew there was a couple of chances coming up", McIlroy said. If there is one certainty when it comes to McIlroy, it's that he will drill at least a few powerful and picturesque drives.
Asked how his body was feeling after the round, he replied: "Right now I can feel my left rhomboid [back muscle] going into spasm". His chip stopped about 10 feet from the hole and after that bogey putt went wide right, he tapped in for a double bogey that left him six strokes behind Kisner. And I know I have. "I've got this next week off to assess what I need to go forward".
It was the longest final day in 64 years at the PGA Championship because of rain, with Walker playing 36 holes on Sunday.
That aside, McIlroy's strong finale may leave him wondering what might have been had he played as consistently well in the first three rounds.
McIlroy hasn't won a major since the 2014 PGA and struggled again this week.
"If we look historically back on my career, I think I will play this tournament worse than the other three Majors - just in the way that it's set up". "That's rub of the green for you", he said. "I have a good bit of time to get healthy and address a few things going forward, so the next big thing is April and that's really what my focus will be on from now until then".
"It's there. I can feel it, " he said. Nor near as bad as The Players [championship] when it really sort of flared up on me.
The world's former No. 1 player ended his round Saturday with an eight on the par-4 18th after a risky hook shot from behind a tree wound up in a flower bed.
"I didn't putt well for a good year before that. If it was injury-free, that wouldn't happen". This year, the Wells Fargo Championship moved to Wilmington, N.C., in May because of the PGA Championship. "But the more I play, it's just not allowing that time to heal 100 percent". "I feel like a sense of. not duty, but I've missed a lot of time already".
Johnson says his back is still a little tight, but he's not in any pain and plans to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs that start in two weeks as well as the President's Cup.
It wouldn't be surprising if McIlroy opted for more rest than play down the stretch to ensure he's ready to go for next season. Then once I started practicing again, I didn't build up the volume gradually.
"It was only an eight iron and I was licking my chops, thinking, give me another birdie!", Lowry said of the 17th after ending the day tied for 23rd on one-over. "I want to finish the tournament in red figures".
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