Furyk back from injury as McIlroy defends at Quail Hollow

Wed May 4, 2016 6:38pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - American 17-times PGA Tour winner Jim Furyk makes his comeback from injury at this week's Wells Fargo Championship, where Rory McIlroy is defending champion.

Furyk, 45, has not played since September due to a left wrist injury that required surgery in February and he will have plenty of work to do if he is to secure a spot in his 10th consecutive Ryder Cup later this year.

He is 41st in the American standings and, barring a sizzling summer stretch, will have to make do with his already-assigned role as captain's assistant.

But Furyk is more focused right now on trying to play his way back into form without the benefit of much practice.

"I'm still on a limited schedule and not able to go to the range and bang a bunch of balls," he said at Quail Hollow on the eve of Thursday's opening round.

McIlroy is also raring to go after three weeks off, having not played since the Masters, where he tied for 10th and was not happy with aspects of his swing.

"I'm working quite a lot on a couple of technical things," he said.

McIlroy took a decent break because of a busy upcoming stretch that includes three major championships, the Rio Olympics and Ryder Cup.   Continued...

Aug 28, 2015; Edison, NJ, USA; Jim Furyk  plays from the 11th tee during the second round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports