PGA Championship 2011: Why Rory McIlroy Played Well

Kasey ScottAnalyst IAugust 12, 2011

JOHNS CREEK, GA - AUGUST 11:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland talks to the media after is round during the first round of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on August 11, 2011 in Johns Creek, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Call it pure determination, pure talent, heck call it whatever you want to. What Rory McIlroy did on Thursday was quite amazing. 

After suffering a wrist injury on the third hole, on which Rory bogeyed, he toughed out the rest of his round to shoot an even 70. 

Rory showed to grit when he was able to birdie the fifth and sixth holes after suffering his wrist injury. 

Mcllroy currently trails Streve Stricker by seven strokes who shot an amazing seven under, and tied a Major record with his 63 performance at the 2011 PGA Championship. 

Stricker obviously played the best in the opening round at the 2011 PGA Championship, but with a wrist injury Rory shot very well. 

Rory managed four birdies and four bogeys. Even for the day is something that Rory should be proud about considering his wrist injury. 

After winning the U.S. Open nearly two months ago, Mcllroy was the favorite to take the 2011 PGA Championship. 

Whenever any golfer suffers an injury, it's never a good thing. Especially when it is a wrist injury. 

Even while playing with a wrist injury, Rory shot very well considering the circumstances. The focus of the media and entire golf nation will be on Mcllroy and his wrist going forward. 

While Tiger Woods suffered his worst first round ever in a Major Championship at seven over par, Rory is showing that he is the future of golf. 

Mcllroy may fall off as the weekend progresses because of his wrist injury, but he has impressed with his toughness at the 2011 PGA Championship in the opening round.