Rory McIlroy, one of golf’s most beloved players, has announced that after the Alfred Dunhill Links in October, he will be taking a three-month break from the sport. His reasoning? To get back in shape.
Most of this season, McIlroy has been plagued with a rib injury that has kept him from winning any tournaments. In 2016 he won the Irish Open on the European Tour, which his foundation hosts, and then the Deutsche Bank Championship on the PGA Tour. So Rory hasn’t won since September of last year after the DBC catapulted him to 4th in the WGR.
Now the Irishman wants to take this rare opportunity to take time for himself, refocus, and get back to the game stronger than ever.
“To have three months I can focus on myself, my health, my game, and just improvement, I don’t think I’m ever going to get a chance like this in my career again, where I get this opportunity to re-evaluate things, work on some stuff and just try and improve and get better,” he said told reporters.
This means that he’ll be missing the European Tour Race to Dubai tournament in November, and while that may be disappointing for some now, this rest time will create a better future for the player.
“I feel it’s a tremendous opportunity to improve as a golfer and with my health and everything. I’m excited to play these next few weeks but I’ve already sat down with my team and we have a three-month plan going forward.
“I’m getting a lot of testing and assessments done 19th and 20th October and then… we’ll be focusing on getting me in [the] best possible shape with my body and game going into 2018.”
He added: “[I will] start to hit balls the end of November and then work on some technical stuff and when we get to January hit the ground running and hopefully have an injury free, stress-free, very successful year.”
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At least we’ll still get to see him play through the FedEx Cup Playoffs, especially since he won the big bonus last year.
After the tournament in October, McIlroy will probably spend some much needed time with his new wife and then prepare for the upcoming season. Rory is going full throttle, so hopefully when he returns we’ll see the No. 4 back to his usual powerful glory.