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Golf: McIlroy seeks hat-trick, Tiger missing at PGA

Published on Aug 5, 2014 5:22 AM
US golfer Tiger Woods, seen here at the British Open Golf Championship in July, withdrew from the World Golf Championships event in Akron, Ohio on Sunday due to a painful back. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOUISVILLE (AFP) - Top-ranked Rory McIlroy took his first look at the Valhalla layout on Monday ahead of the 96th PGA Championship while Tiger Woods was in Florida having treatment on his aching back.

Golf’s current and former superstars were on vastly different trajectories for the year’s final major tournament with McIlroy going for a hat-trick of triumphs and Woods’ status in doubt a day after a painful exit at the World Golf Championships event in Akron, Ohio.

McIlroy won his third major title last month at the British Open and took his first WGC crown Sunday at Akron, arriving at Valhalla as a clear favourite and the first player since Woods in 2009 to enter a major after back-to-back wins.

“It’s great to have a chance to try to go there to try to win three in a row,” McIlroy said. “(It’s) one I desperately want to win.”

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