Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi Championship this week due to rib injury he sustained during last weeks South African Open.
McIlroy finished the SA Open, only to be beaten in a playoff by Graem Storm, and has since had an MRI that showed he had sustained a stress fracture in his ribs.
The European Tour released McIlroy’s statement:
“It’s bitterly disappointing to have to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. I think everyone knows how much I love playing this tournament, which is one of the best on the European Tour thanks to the incredible support of HSBC and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. To be forced to miss this week through injury is really quite annoying to be perfectly honest, but I am sure the tournament will be a huge success and I hope everyone involved has a great week.
“In situations like this you simply have to listen to the experts and the team I have consulted have all advised me to rest until my rib has fully recovered.”
While he has played well in Abu Dhabi before, Rory probably has another tournament in mind that he wants to be prepared for. A little something called The Masters. He’s being smart and that will only reflect in his game going forward.
Speedy recovery, Rory!