- Associated Press - Sunday, August 14, 2011

JOHNS CREEK, GA. (AP) - Rory McIlroy headed for a tennis vacation.

The U.S. Open winner finished up his PGA Championship on Sunday with a second straight 74, sending him to 11-over par and tied for 64th. He said his injured right wrist felt better and he was simply glad for a few days off.

Though McIlroy’s not heading home to Northern Ireland, he’s off to Cincinnati.

“I hear it’s nice up there this time of year,” he said with a grin.

Cincinnati is also site of a WTA tournament featuring McIlroy’s friend, world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. The two have been the subject of gossip since they were photographed together a month ago.

McIlroy, though, quickly turned the conversation back to his PGA performance.

It was certainly a struggle, he said, since injuring his right wrist on an ill-considered shot, the ball up against a tree root.

“I basically played 70 holes of this tournament not at 100 percent, so it’s always going to be tough,” he said.

The wrist has felt better each day. He said the swelling has gone done although his muscle remains sore. “Just a little bit of rest should be it,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy, 22, was proud of his drama-filled major season _ the Masters final-round collapse followed by the U.S. Open runaway at Congressional. He tied for 25th at the British Open.

“Led by four going into the Masters, led by eight going into the U.S. Open, so there’s been huge positives to take out of the majors this year,” he said. “It’s nice to get one under my belt early and focus on getting more.”


RICKIE‘S REFLECTIONS: Rickie Fowler played in all four majors for the first time in his young professional career. And despite only seriously contending in the British Open this season, believes he’s learned a few things that will move him up the leaderboard in 2012.

Fowler closed the PGA Championship on Sunday with a 68, leaving him 51st at 6-over par. He was 38th at the Masters, missed the cut at the U.S. Open before his fifth-place finish at Royal St. George’s last month.

“Definitely learned a bit,” Fowler said. “Played good in a couple of Open championships overseas and look forward to getting into some more of those and getting some better finishes than the other majors.”

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