World No2 Rory McIlroy will not tee it up at next week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
The two-time champion was named as the star attraction of the tournament along with 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, but hasn’t yet recovered from the stress fracture of ribs suffered during the first round of the BMW South African Open.
McIlroy completed the tournament, where he finished second, and had a MRI done when he returned to Dubai from Johannesburg. He later pulled out of last week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic has a special place in McIlroy’s heart, it being his first professional win back in 2009. He later won the tournament again in 2015.
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of ‘golf in DUBAi’, promoters of the tournament, said:
“Obviously, we are disappointed, but we fully understand the situation. Our greatest concern is Rory’s health and while we will miss a great friend of the tournament and out city, we want him back on the golf course fit and playing the kind of golf only he is capable of.”
McIlroy is now expected to make his comeback at The Honda Classic on the PGA Tour, to be played at Palm Beach in Florida from February 23-26.