McIlroy commits to soldiering on

Rory McIlroy

Former world number one Rory McIlroy revealed he will attempt to defend his FedEx Cup title despite a nagging rib injury.

The Northern Irishman is in this week's star-studded field for the Northern Trust Open and revealed he plans to take it easy schedule wise afterwards, but still play in the FedEx Cup's playoff series. The playoffs consists of the final four tournaments of the PGA Tour for 2016/2017. 

"I'm not 100 percent, but I'm at a percent where I feel like I can compete," the four-time major winner told ESPN.

"You don't get this opportunity to take a couple of months off and really work on what you need to work on in your game, work on your fitness. A real, proper offseason like every other sport has basically.

"So I'm excited for that. If that means I play through the FedExCup Playoffs and I maybe play one more event back in Europe and shut it down for the rest of the year, I'm happy to do that because that's an exciting prospect for me, to be able to turn up to 2018 and be ready to go."

McIlroy has twice spent time on the sidelines this year because of the injury, but managed to be consistent when active. While he is still looking for his first win of 2017, the world number four has racked up six top ten finishes in his 13 starts this year.

Joining McIlroy in a high class field this week in New York is world number one and two Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama, Champion Golfer of the Year Jordan Spieth and US Open winner Brooks Koepka.