Rory McIlroy to miss BMW PGA at Wentworth

Sheri Evans
May 24, 2017

McIlroy is a previous victor at Wentworth, with his victory in 2014 kicking off a brilliant summer that saw him claim the Open Championship, the US PGA Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

But one man who has already qualified and will not be teeing it up at Virginia Water this week is McIlroy.

The 28-year-old injured a rib during the South Africa Open in January and had to pull out of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The US Open takes place at Erin Hills, Wisconsin in three weeks, with the Open at Birkdale five weeks after that.

The BMW PGA Championship begins at Wentworth this week as the European Tour's flagship event draws some of the game's finest to the Surrey course.

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In a statement released by the European Tour on Friday, McIlroy said: "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".

Not sure if I'm going to need that resort or.I still haven't made a decision even if I'm going to go over and try and qualify.

McIlroy, who first experienced his rib pain from testing just about every new golf club on the market in the off-season, last week signed a 10-year equipment deal with TaylorMade.

The four-time major victor said he would now concentrate on preparing for the US Open in June.

Rory McIlroy will decide by the weekend whether to play in next week's Memorial tournament in OH - or to go into the US Open without a prep event.

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