HARTFORD, United States – Rory McIlroy will be making just his third start since the Masters as the Northern Irishman tries to kick start his game this week at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship.
Less than a week after the finish of the 2017 US Open a star-studded field will tee it up at the TPC River Highlands course, 16 kilometres (10 miles) south of Hartford, Connecticut.
The world number three has dropped to 69th in the FedEx Cup standings, with poor form and a nagging rib injury which has limited him to just seven starts. He also got married to PGA of America employee Erica Stoll.
"I always felt 2017 was going to be a bit of a transitional year," said McIlroy, who missed the cut at the US Open. "With, obviously, Nike going out of the golf equipment business and getting married, moving and changing residences, and all that sort of stuff. I didn't factor an injury into that as well."
This is McIlroy's first appearance at the $6.8 million Travelers. He said the course suits him and he is confident he can contend, beginning Thursday when he tees off with Jim Furyk and Brian Harman.
"The golf course is great – I can see why Jim Furyk hit 58 last year and why guys can go low," McIlroy said. "If you're on with your scoring clubs, it gives you a lot of opportunities."