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A big name will be missing from the stacked field at Muirfield Village for this week’s Memorial Tournament.
World No. 2 Rory McIlroy announced on Friday that he has withdrawn from the popular Central Ohio event, citing a recurrence of rib pain from an injury he suffered earlier this year.
McIlroy had an MRI after feeling pain at THE PLAYERS Championship, which showed a mild response to the hairline rib fracture that caused him to miss time in January and February.
- The Memorial was set to be Rory’s final PGA Tour start before next month’s U.S. Open. He will now go into Erin Hills, the site of this year’s second major, with his last outing being a T35 at THE PLAYERS.
- McIlroy has a strong history at The Memorial, with three top 10s in six tries, including a T4 last year.
- McIlroy has played just six PGA Tour events this season, with four top 10s. His best finish was a T4 at both the WGC-HSBC Champions in October and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
- The Memorial will mark the fifth 2017 tournament that Rory will be forced to quit after originally being committed.
“It’s disappointing to miss the Memorial Tournament. This tournament attracts such a stellar field, and I was excited to try and better my fourth-place finish from last year. The Memorial Tournament is one of the best tour stops of the year and I hope everyone involved has a great week.”
Content originally appeared as part of the Daily Rundown.