Rory McIlroy says tests show no new injury to his back

Rory Mc Ilroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his putt on the second green during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday

After he carded a 1-under par 71 to reach even par after two rounds of The Players Championship, McIlroy said he will be able to play through the weekend.

World number two Rory McIlroy is prepared to play through the pain as he looks to win his first Players' Championship.

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McIlroy, who will have an MRI scan on Monday after suffering a recurrence of the back problem which ruled him out for seven weeks earlier this season, made the ideal start with a birdie on the first.

At one under par McIlroy was eight shots off the pace and five behind 54-year-old Fijian Vijay Singh, who was looking to surpass the 52-year-old Sam Snead as the oldest victor in PGA Tour history with his first victory since 2008. "Then I've just sort of been managing it since. But there are so many unknowns and unless you get an image taken of it you just don't know". "I took three weeks off and then I went back at it on Friday and instead of maybe gradually building it up again, I hit balls for four or five hours on Friday and did the same on Saturday". The player spent nearly five hours hitting balls on the range that day. The back has been the most common area of injury for players, from Tiger Woods' re-aggravated back injury to Dustin Johnson's fall at the Masters. "I felt a bit of stiffness on Sunday, when I hit a couple of drives that didn't feel quite..."

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McIlroy said he does not expect to miss much time. "If that injury was an 8 or a 9 in terms of pain and soreness and stiffness, this is around a 4 or 5", he said.

McIlroy has found the Stadium Course to be a frustrating challenge in his career. "But I scrambled pretty well, and I birdied two of the last three holes to make it somewhat respectable".

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