McIlroy to take three-month break, skip European Tour finale
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[August 24, 2017]
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy will
have three months off at the end of the year in an effort to get
fully healthy and fine-tune his game for 2018, the Northern Irishman
said on Wednesday.
Speaking on the eve of the Northern Trust, the first FedExCup
playoff event on New Yorkís Long Island, McIlroy described it as a
rare chance to take an extended break.
The news will disappoint to the European Tour, which will stage its
end-of-season Race to Dubai in November without the tourís biggest
But McIlroy, winless in 2017, is eyeing the big picture.
"To have three months I can focus on myself, my health, my game, and
just improvement, I donít think Iím ever going to get a chance like
this in my career again, where I get this opportunity to re-evaluate
things, work on some stuff and just try and improve and get better,Ē
he told reporters at the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury.
"I feel itís a tremendous opportunity to improve as a golfer and
with my health and everything. Iím excited to play these next few
weeks but Iíve already sat down with my team and we have a
three-month plan going forward.
"Iím getting a lot of testing and assessments done 19th and 20th
October and then... weíll be focusing on getting me in (the) best
possible shape with my body and game going into 2018.Ē
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Rory McIlroy tosses his ball to his caddie on the 12th green during
the final round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.
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McIlroy, hampered this year with a back injury, said
the problem had been more of a hindrance than the 2015 ruptured left
ankle ligament than prevented him from defending his British Open
After this month's PGA Championship, he said he was thinking of
skipping the entire PGA Tour four-event playoff series, but
subsequently decided to defend his title, before ending his year at
the European Tourís Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews.
"(I will) start to hit balls the end of November and then work on
some technical stuff and when we get to January hit the ground
running and hopefully have an injury free, stress free, very
Four-times major champion McIlroy has not won any of the four
biggest tournaments since 2014.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Pritha
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