Despite struggles, McIlroy offers no excuses

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of a bunker on the sixth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - The final touches complete on a third-round 74 at the 93rd PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy strode past superagent Chubby Chandler on his way to the scoring trailer.

"How's it feel?" asked Chandler, inquiring about McIlroy's strained right wrist.

McIlroy stopped, looked at Chandler and broke into a grin. "I wish it were worse," he said. "Then I'd have an excuse."

McIlroy never got much going on Saturday, and gone were any outside chances of playing his way back into the championship. He's at 7-over 217 through three rounds at Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands Course. He said the wrist felt better, especially with the driver, but shaping shots has been a bit of a challenge.

"It's when I start to hit iron shots where it becomes difficult," he said.

McIlroy also continued to struggle with the putter, as he has all week. He used 19 putts in his opening nine of 40.

"You know, it shouldn't affect it," McIlroy said of the wrist affecting his putting. "I mean, I don't want to make any excuses, because I just haven't played good enough."

McIlroy has one goal for Sunday: to shoot under par for the first time this week. Then he has two weeks off before a scheduled start in Switzerland, at the Omega European Masters. If all goes as planned next year, he'll be spending this time gearing up for the FedEx Cup playoffs as a member of the PGA Tour.

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