Irishman’s latest injury blow came at last week’s Players’ Championship, when he suffered a recurrence of his rib muscle complaint
RORY MCILROY will miss next week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and is in danger of being seriously “under-cooked” for the US Open three weeks later.
McIlroy’s latest injury blow came at last week’s Players’ Championship, when he suffered a recurrence of the rib muscle problem that kept him out of action for eight weeks at the beginning of the year.
The world No 2 played through the pain at Sawgrass where he finished tied for 35th on two overpar, and said he could probably have done the same thing at Wentworth.
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But he has decided to take the week off to ensure a full recovery before he heads to Erin Hills in Wisconsin for the second Major of the year.
He is only due to play one more tournament before the US Open – the Memorial in Ohio – and after taking three weeks off to et married last month, that will be just his sixth start this year.
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But McIlroy, 28, clearly thinks it is a risk he has to take.
He said: “Having had a reaction to my earlier rib injury, I have been advised to take a conservative approach to my recovery.
“That unfortunately means I have to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship.
“It’s a disappointing decision to have to make, but I have to ensure I make a full recovery. I will now continue the process of preparing my game for the US Open and the rest of the season.”