After a so-so week at The Players Championship last week when he finished T35 and noted that he had re-injured his rib/back, Rory McIlroy withdrew from next week’s BMW PGA Championship, which is the flagship event on the European Tour every year.

“Having had a reaction to my earlier rib injury, I have been advised to take a conservative approach to my recovery which unfortunately means I have to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship next week,” McIlroy said in a statement. 

“It’s a disappointing decision to have to make, but I have to ensure I make a full recovery. I will now continue the process of preparing my game for the U.S. Open and the rest of the season.”

McIlroy has only played in six events worldwide so far this calendar year: The South African Open, WGC-Mexico Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Dell Match Play, Masters and Players Championship.

“There is no question that Rory will be missed at the BMW PGA Championship but his health is the most important thing and we wish him a speedy recovery,” said European Tour CEO Keith Pelley.

The U.S. Open starts in just under four weeks.

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