Rib in­jury hin­ders Rory’s prepa­ra­tions

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT -

THE rib in­jury Rory McIl­roy picked up dur­ing the South Africa Open two weeks ago will hin­der his prepa­ra­tion for the US Mas­ters in Au­gusta in April. The Mas­ters is the only Ma­jor the four-time Ma­jor cham­pion has not won, and don­ning the green jacket would com­plete the ca­reer Grand Slam for the North­ern Ir­ish­man. The first tour­na­ment back for McIl­roy is ex­pected to be the WGC-Mex­ico Cham­pi­onship – a month be­fore the Mas­ters. Af­ter the SA Open, which ended on Jan­uary 15, McIl­roy had scans which re­vealed a stress frac­ture of the rib which would take six weeks to heal.

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