Rory McIlroy Opens Up on His Journey to Recovery Ahead of Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy, the golf world's No. 2-ranked player, is on a journey to recovery after a recent back injury.

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Rory McIlroy Opens Up on His Journey to Recovery Ahead of Ryder Cup
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Rory McIlroy, the golf world's No. 2-ranked player, is on a journey to recovery after a recent back injury. Despite concerns surrounding his fitness, the 34-year-old Northern Irishman is confident he'll be at his best in time for the upcoming Ryder Cup.

From Injury to the Irish Open

McIlroy sustained an injury to his lower back just prior to the PGA Tour Championship last month. Yet, showing his characteristic grit and determination, he's already back on the green, competing in this week's Irish Open on the DP World Tour.

When questioned about the state of his injury, McIlroy remarked on Wednesday, as reported by Sky Sports, "I would say it's at 90 percent, 95 percent. It's not 100 percent better. I just happened to take care of it a little bit but it's not preventing me from doing anything I want to do.

Just being a little mindful, I guess." McIlroy's past experiences with injuries have given him a broader perspective. He recalls a more severe back issue at the age of 21, highlighting that what he currently faces is merely a "bit of tightness, a bit of a muscle spasm." He even reminisced about a time when he had a herniated disc, emphasizing, "This is nothing compared to some I've had." Gratitude is evident in his voice when he speaks about the medical professionals supporting him. "I've got really good people around me that know what to do.

It's fine. It's totally fine. I maybe don't heal quite as fast as I used to but it's all good," McIlroy noted.

Anticipation for the Ryder Cup

Beyond the Irish Open, McIlroy's schedule includes the BMW PGA Championship in Surrey, England next week.

However, his eyes are firmly set on his seventh consecutive Ryder Cup appearance for Team Europe, which is set to take place from Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Rome. Reflecting on the upcoming weeks, McIlroy shared his eagerness: "It will be nice over these next couple of weeks and obviously the week leading into Rome to sort of feel like I've spent some time refining a few things in my game and working on some stuff. I'm excited to spend the next few weeks over here and do that."

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