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Rory McIlroy withdraws from Abu Dhabi Championship due to rib injury

New Delhi: World number two Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi Championship after tests on Monday showed he picked up a rib injury in South Africa last week, the European Tour said.

The Northern Irishman had intense physiotherapy treatment and took pain-killers over the weekend at the South Africa Open after struggling through much of Friday`s second round.

The four-time major champion, who lost to Englishman Graeme Storm on the third playoff hole at Glendower Golf Club, will start a rehabilitation programme for the stress fracture.

“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,” McIlroy said in a European Tour statement.

“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.”

The Abu Dhabi event, the first on the European Tour`s Desert Swing, includes three 2016 major winners – Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson – plus holder Rickie Fowler.

Source: Zee News