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Published: 14:58 | 17/7/17

McIlroy has to "manage" rib injury


Rory McIlroy says he is still hampered by the rib injury he suffered in January, and needs to "manage the load" until the end of the season.

The world number four suffered a stress fracture at January's South African Open, and has played just ten tournaments this year after suffering a couple of setbacks in his rehabilitation.

The 28-year-old has struggled for form in recent weeks. missing his third cut in four events at the Scottish Open on Friday, to add to recent free weekends at the US Open and the Irish Open.

McIlroy, who spent Sunday at Royal Birkdale practising for this weekend's Open tournament, says he will struggle through the pain and try and rest the injury at the end of the season.

"I am feeling OK, but it is something I am going to have to manage until the end of the year," 2014 Open winner McIlroy said.

"It is good enough to play, it is good enough to practise a little bit. I hit balls for an hour and a half last night, but then felt stiff and said: 'That’s enough'. But at least I know when enough is.

"I am just going to manage the load for the rest of the season, then I am just going to have a nice rest period when I don't have to touch a club and let it and heal. 

"Then hopefully I'll be 100 percent for next year. It is just something I have to be mindful of for now."

McIlroy will tee off alongside World No 1 Dustin Johnson and 2011 US Masters champion Charl Schwarzel in the opening two rounds at Royal Birkdale this week.

Photo Getty Images/ Tony Marshall

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