[UPDATE]: Although it was previously announced that Rory McIlroy would not be returning until the U.S. Open, it has since been confirmed that the veteran golfer definitely won’t be participating in the upcoming Memorial Tournament:
Rory to miss @MemorialGolf as he continues to recover from injury. Will return at US Open.
— Brian Wacker (@brianwacker1) May 26, 2017
The world’s No. 2 ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy, has officially withdrawn from the upcoming 2017 BMW PGA Championship.
The veteran golfer has been forced from next week’s competition due to a lingering rib injury. However, McIlroy has announced that he will indeed continue to prepare for the heralded U.S. Open during his looming absence. The 2017 U.S. Open will take place from Monday, June 12 through Sunday, June 18.
“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,” said McIlroy, via EuropeanTour.com. “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.”
The 28-year-old McIlroy trails only the surging Dustin Johnson in the current world rankings. On the other hand, it is also worth noting that Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, Australia’s Jason Day and Spain’s Sergio Garcia round out the top five, respectively, as it stands today.
“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,” added Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the European Tour.
The 2017 installment of the annual BMW PGA Championship is scheduled for Sunday, May 25 through Wednesday, May 28.