An injury-riddled season continues for Rory McIlroy.
The world’s second-ranked golfer withdrew Friday from next week’s BMW PGA Championship, citing an ongoing rib injury that sidelined him for more than a month earlier this season.
“Having had a reaction to my earlier rib injury, I have been advised to take a conservative approach to my recovery,” McIlroy said in a statement the European Tour released. “It’s a disappointing decision to have to make, but I have to ensure I make a full recovery.”
McIlroy disclosed discomfort in the same area as his early-season injury during the Players Championship, where he finished T35. He flew to Belfast, Northern Ireland, following the event to have an MRI, which showed what he described as a “low-grade response” to the stress fracture he previously sustained.
Despite the injury, the four-time major champion has four top-10s in six worldwide starts this season.