Rory McIlroy hoping to return at WGC-Mexico Championship in March

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Rory McIlroy doesn’t count on to be again in motion from a rib harm till the WGC-Mexico Championship in March – only a month earlier than the Masters.

The Northern Irishman missed final week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the European Tour subsequently confirmed he would additionally not participate within the Dubai Desert Traditional.

Chatting with The Clubhouse Pod with FOX Sports activities, the 27-year-old mentioned: “I’m attempting to get again for Mexico, that is my timetable for return.

“I might perhaps get again earlier than that, but when I had been to play Honda (Traditional in Florida) after which go straight to Mexico, that might be enjoying two weeks in a row.

“I would like to ease my way in gently.”

Regardless of being in ache, McIlroy had competed within the 2017 BMW SA Open, the place he completed runner-up after dropping a play-off to England’s Graeme Storm.

The Johannesburg occasion, which ran from January 12 to 15, was his solely motion since wrapping up final season with top-10 finishes on the WGC-HSBC Champions and the World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Following assessments after the top of the match, it was confirmed McIlroy had suffered a stress fracture of a rib and was suggested to relaxation.

The enforced lay-off means McIlroy might now be again in motion only a matter of weeks earlier than the beginning of the Masters at Augusta, which begins on April 6 and is a contest through which the four-time Main winner has but to triumph.

McIlroy, although, believes the deliberate restoration schedule to compete on the Membership de Golf Chapultepec match, which finishes on March 5, will give him the perfect probability of progress.

“Mexico is the perfect time to return because its four rounds, no cut. I can see how everything feels and have a week off after that,” he mentioned.

“Hopefully it works out that way and that’s when I am trying to get back.”