Following his withdrawals at the marquee European Tour events Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, world No. 2 Rory McIlroy told The Clubhouse with Shane Bacon by FOX Sports podcast that he will likely return to action at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.
This announcement means that McIlroy will not play in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club and The Honda Classic at PGA National, two events he was previously committed to before stress fracture in his ribs that he suffered prior to playing the BMW South Africa Open.
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“I’d like to sort of ease my way in gently, so Mexico is the perfect time to return,” McIlroy said, on the podcast. “It’s four rounds, there’s no cut, I can see how everything feels and I’ll have a week off after that.”
The WGC-Mexico Championship will be played at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City. The event was previously known as the WGC-Cadillac Championship and was played at Trump Doral in Miami.
Ironically, as McIlroy is on the shelf due to injury, Tiger Woods returned from his back surgeries this week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif. In his first official PGA Tour event since the 2015 Wyndham Championship, Woods missed the cut at a course where he had won eight times.
To hear Shane Bacon’s full interview with Rory McIlroy, click here.