McIIroy faces injury, Lee wins first PGA Tour
On Sunday after two play-off holes New Zealand’s Danny Lee won his first PGA Tour title, at Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.
Lee, Canada’s David Hearn and America’s Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb, were locked on 13 under-par after 72 holes and competed in a sudden death shootout to decide a winner.
Kisner and Streb were though knocked out after being birdied by Lee and Hearn par-three 18th.
Lee then parred the par-five 17th and became first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season when Hearn could not follow suit.
The pair both had opportunities to avoid a play-off and win outright but their putts for birdies on the 18th came up short and a four-way play-off with Kisner and Streb ensued.
Streb and Kisner went out at the first problem they faced, thanks to wayward tee shots and Lee and Hearn sank long-range putts to birdie and force a second play-off hole.
Krishna, said: ”It’s tough to win out here, man. I’ve had a heckuva year,” he said. “If I keep playing like this, I’ll get plenty of wins.”
Lee and Hearn started the day a shot behind Jason Bohn, Sean O’Hair, Bryce Molder and SJ Park and reached the summit with three-under-par rounds of 67.
Kisner is still looking for that breakthrough PGA Tour win, he chose to take the optimistic view that he will eventually find his way to the winner’s circle if he keeps getting himself in position to take the trophy.
After his win, Lee told Sky Sports 4: “All I can say is ’wow’ – it feels amazing, I was so close a lot of times this year and I finally did it. Now I understand what winning feels like.”
McIIroy’s hope turn to doubt after ankle injury
The hopes of world no. 1 Rory McIlroy defending his Open Championship title have been shattered after the Northern Irishman suffered a ruptured ankle ligaments playing football at the weekend.
McIlroy broke the news this morning via social media, where he posted a photo of himself supported by crushes and wearing a cast over his left foot and ankle.
He wrote: “Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday.
“Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started. Working hard to get back as soon as I can.”
It is still not confirmed that McIlroy, 26, will opt out of this week’s Scottish Open at Gullane.
But more importantly, is whether he can make next week’s Open at St Andrews, in which
McIlroy is due to feature in as the holder of the Claret Jug. He is then scheduled to play in the PGA Championship as defending champion at Whistling Straits.
McIlroy is set to undergo intense treatment and over the next couple of days will undergo further scans as swelling goes down.
McIIroy also injured his ankle in 2013, again on a football field, with friends in Belfast.