'Wasn't meant to be'

Rory McIlroy said the wrist he injured Thursday has improved each day, but his scoring hasn't. He got off to an awful start Saturday en route to a 74, and is planning a couple weeks away from golf after the final round.


On Sunday, Rory McIlroy will try to shoot his first under-par round of the week. (Getty Images)

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) -- Rory McIlroy is ready for a break.

The U.S. Open champion, taped right wrist and all, shot a 4-over 74 at the PGA Championship on Saturday. McIlroy got off to an awful start with a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third. He rallied with three birdies coming in but was 12 shots from the top before second-round co-leaders Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley had teed off.

"It just wasn't meant to be, a real frustrating week," McIlroy said. "One more day to go. I'll give it my best, shoot a good score and take a couple of weeks off."

McIlroy said the wrist he injured Thursday when trying to hit a ball that was up against a tree root has improved each day.

"I can feel it, but it shouldn't be enough" to keep him from playing, McIlroy said.

He acknowledged once again that he hadn't used good judgment in trying to advance the ball forward on the third hole Thursday instead of pitching out sideways into the fairway.

"If I had to be in the position again and hadn't know what was going to happen, I probably would've done the same thing," the 22-year-old said with a grin. "It's just one of those things."

McIlroy had hoped to end the year winning a second major. Instead, he'll work to finish as high as possible at Atlanta Athletic Club.

"If I got back to even par for the tournament, I think that would be an accomplishment," he said. "You've got to be as optimistic as possible."

McIlroy said a more realistic goal might simply be a round in the 60s at the par-70 course. "I haven't shot under par this week," he said.

No matter where he finishes, McIlroy is packing up the clubs for a couple of weeks before his scheduled return at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland starting Sept. 1.

"It would be good to win a couple of more times," he said. "Even thought a won one tournament and it was a big tournament for sure, I want to win a few more times to call this season a success."