Hurt rib keeping McIlroy from Dubai Desert Classic next week

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 24, 2017 11:36 AM
Hurt rib keeping McIlroy from Dubai Desert Classic next week
FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 file photo, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the 2nd round of the DP World Tour Championship golf tournament at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Rory McIlroy stayed close to the leaders at the SA Open on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 despite hurting his back. The second-ranked Northern Irishman (68) made five birdies on the first six holes of the back nine but bogeyed the final two to finish in a five-way tie for fifth after two rounds. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, file)

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy will miss the Dubai Desert Classic next week to keep recovering from a stress fracture of a rib.

The European Tour tweeted the confirmation on Monday.

McIlroy revealed a week ago that he injured himself, aggravating the rib while finishing runner-up at the SA Open in Gauteng.

Rib stress fractures generally take six weeks to heal. He already missed the Abu Dhabi Championship last week.

McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 and 2015.

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