Rory McIlroy will miss next week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth due to an on-going rib injury.
The four-time major champion suffered a hairline fracture of his rib during the South African Open in January, causing him to miss four tournaments over seven weeks. He played four times in six weeks upon his return until taking a post-Masters break to get married.
“Having had a reaction to my earlier rib injury, I have been advised to take a conservative approach to my recovery which unfortunately means I have to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship next week. 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”. Said McIlroy.
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour said: “There is no question that Rory will be missed at the BMW PGA Championship but his health is the most important thing and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
McIlroy believes the injury surfaced again from long practice sessions leading to The Players Championship.
McIlroy says doctors have advised him to take a conservative approach to recovering so he will be fine for the U.S. Open and the rest of the majors this summer.