Yesterday, Rory Mcllroy announced that he would have to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi Championship and would miss time with a stress fracture in one of his ribs.
While many of you may be saying, “Ok, so he’s missing an event in Abu Dhabi that’s just another pay day” the injury could leave Rory’s appearance in the season’s first major in doubt.
The Masters will be held this year April 6-9. That’s a little less than three months away. According to sportsmd.com, the recovery time can range anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months, depending on the severity of the injury. In addition, there is usually a 4-6 week time period where no weightlifting or heavy lifting in the upper body can take place.
Naturally, Rory was none too pleased to have to announce his withdrawal and subsequent time off.
“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,” Rory said in a 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.”
Whether Rory Mcllroy will be able to compete at Augusta is one thing, another is what type of shape and condition will his game be in. No matter what, not ideal for the Northern Irishman who is looking to complete the career grand slam with a Green Jacket.