Rory McIlroy: Scan reveals golfer's back pain a recurrence of earlier rib injury

A scan has revealed that the back problem Rory McIlroy had at the Players Championship was a recurrence of his injury from earlier this year.

McIlroy said on Monday evening that an MRI scan had revealed “no new injury, rather a low grade response to the rib joint I injured earlier in the year”.

“As of now I am still entered into the BMW PGA Championship,” said McIlroy.

He said he would decide early next week whether he was “in a position to compete” at Wentworth.

The European Tour’s flagship event takes place from 25-28 May.

The world number two revealed on Friday that he was feeling discomfort in his back and he went on to finish in a share of 35th place, 12 shots behind winner Kim Si-Woo of South Korea.

The Northern Irishman missed a number of events in the Middle East and the US earlier this year after being bothered by a rib stress fracture at the South African Open in January.

BBC Sport – Golf

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