Los Angeles - World number four Rory McIlroy is in the field
for next week's Northern Trust Open, first event of the PGA's FedEx Cup
playoffs won by the Northern Ireland star last year.
McIlroy had indicated after a disappointing 22nd-place
finish in the PGA Championship that he might sit out the rest of the year.
He said the effects of a broken rib suffered early in the
season continued to hinder his practice and had led to back spasms.
But the 28-year-old decided to take a stab at defending his
FedEx Cup crown after meeting with fitness adviser Steve McGregor in Belfast,
the Daily Telegraph reported.
McIlroy won the second playoff event and the Tour
Championship to clinch the FedEx Cup last year.
Just like last year, he has not won a title prior to the
This season's series opens with the Northern Trust in New
York next week, followed by the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston a week
After a week off, they series resumes with the BMW Championship
before the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings advance to the Tour Championship.
McIlroy seemed confident he would be playing through the BMW
Championship when he posted a note to fans on Twitter on Friday - urging them
to enter a contest to win a chance to play 18 holes with him at the tournament