Injured McIlroy targets March comeback

The four-time major champion pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic on Monday as he recovers from early-season damage done at the South Africa Open this month.

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Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is now set to miss the Genesis Open and Honda Classic next month as he undergoes rehabilitation.

Rory McIlroy does not expect to return from injury until the first week of March after suffering a stress fracture to the ribs.

The four-time major champion pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic on Monday as he recovers from early-season damage done at the South Africa Open this month.





And the World No. 2 has now revealed that he is not planning to enter a tournament in February, with the WGC-Mexico Championship earmarked as the event to make his comeback.

He told  Fox Sports: "I'm trying to get back for Mexico. That's my timetable for return. I could probably get back before that. 

"For example, if I were to play Honda [the Honda Classic in late February] and then go straight to Mexico, I would be playing two weeks in a row.

"I'd like to ease my way back in gently. Mexico is the perfect time to return because it's four rounds, there's no cut. I can see how everything feels. I have a week off after that. 

"All signs pointed towards Mexico being the one I could come back to and be 100 percent comfortable at. Hopefully it work out that way, and that's when I'm back."

The FedExCup champion finished runner-up to Graeme Storm following a play-off in the South African Open despite being hampered by an injury that first troubled him in December.

McIlroy is now set to miss the Genesis Open and Honda Classic next month as he undergoes rehabilitation.