Earlier this year, World No. 2 Rory McIlroy suffered a stress fracture in his ribs and was forced out of competition while he recovered. He returned to the Tour in March at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
It appears that same injury is still causing him problems. McIlroy revealed he was having back pain during the Players Championship last week and decided to get an MRI. According to Ewan Murray at the Guardian, the scan revealed a “low grade response” to the rib ailment and no new injuries.
While it’s great news that McIlroy hasn’t suffered additional injuries, it’s still a bummer that he’s not at 100 percent ahead of the BMW PGA Championship. He’s targeting early next week to decide whether he is fit to compete in the tournament, but for now, he’s scheduled to play.
With the rib issue earlier this year, it’s been a struggle for McIlroy to get on track this season. While he’s had four Top 10 finishes on the Tour, he hasn’t won any events or cracked the Top 3. It’s no secret what McIlroy is capable of so hopefully he can get back to full health before the final three majors of the year roll around.
h/t: bbc.com, pgatour.com, golfweek.com