After suffering a rib injury that forced him to withdraw from last week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and next week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Rory McIlroy told The Clubhouse Podcast that he is eyeing the WGC-Mexico Championship the first week of March for his return, meaning he would miss next month’s Genesis Open and Honda Classic.
“I’d like to sort of ease my way in gently, so Mexico is the perfect time to return,” he said. “It’s four rounds, there’s no cut, I can see how everything feels. I have a week off after that, so Mexico, all signs point toward Mexico being the one where I could come back to and be 100 percent comfortable at. Hopefully it works out that way.”
McIlroy believes the injury came from a minor swing adjustment coupled with a busy off-season of testing equipment.
“The muscles said basically, ‘Right, we’re tired, we don’t want to work anymore,'” he said. “And then that puts stress on the joints, and the joint was like, ‘I don’t like this either,’ and then the rib took the brunt of it.”
While staying in top physical shape is a priority for the four-time major champion, McIlroy has been forced to slow down the past two weeks.
“I can’t even run at the minute because if my feet hit the ground hard at all, the vibration in my rib cage sort of hurts,” McIlroy said. “Walking quite a bit, walking about 5-6 miles per day. I actually putted (Monday) for the first time, so that’s the first sort of little bit of golf I’ve done since we sort of found out about the injury.”
McIlroy is currently No. 2 in the world, trailing only Jason Day.