Rory McIlroy pulls out of PGA Championship with rib injury

World number two Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from next week’s PGA Championship at Wentworth because of a rib injury.

The 28-year-old, who was treated for a stress fracture to his ribs earlier in the year, felt discomfort during the recent Players Championship in Florida.

“I have been advised to take a conservative approach to my recovery,” said McIlroy.

“It is disappointing, but I have to ensure I make a full recovery.”

McIlroy won the European Tour’s PGA Championship at the Surrey course in 2014.

The four-time major winner said he would now concentrate on preparing for the US Open in June.

McIlroy originally suffered the rib problem in the off-season after hitting a lot of balls in practice as he tried to decide on new equipment after Nike decided to stop producing clubs.

It flared up as he lost a play-off to Graeme Storm at the South African Open in January, and he did not feature again until the WGC-Mexico Championship in March, when he finished four shots behind winner Dustin Johnson.

The Northern Irishman then felt discomfort at the Players at Sawgrass.

BBC Sport – Golf

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