McIlroy out of Abu Dhabi event

Rory McIlroy has pulled out of this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a rib injury.

The Ulsterman took anti-inflammatory medicine and played with his back strapped at the BMW Open in South Africa last week as he finished runner up to Graeme Storm in a playoff.

McIlroy underwent a scan on Monday and the results revealed a stress fracture to a rib.

There is no word on when he will return, but the European Tour confirmed he would miss this week's event in Abu Dhabi.

In a statement, McIlroy said: "It's bitterly disappointing to have to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. I think everyone knows how much I love playing this tournament, which is one of the best on the European Tour thanks to the incredible support of HSBC and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

"To be forced to miss this week through injury is really quite annoying to be perfectly honest, but I am sure the tournament will be a huge success and I hope everyone involved has a great week.

"In situations like this you simply have to listen to the experts and the team I have consulted have all advised me to rest until my rib has fully recovered."