Injured Rory McIlroy pulls out of Omega Dubai Desert Classic

RORY MCILORY CANCELS

Organisers of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic have wished Rory McIlroy a speedy recovery after the world number two, who is undergoing rehabilitation following a rib injury, was forced to pull out of next week's event at Emirates Golf Club.

The Northern Irishman, who picked up the injury two weeks ago in South Africa, enjoys an incredible record at the 'Major of the Middle East,' going 96-under-par for his last seven appearances which resulted in first in 2009, sixth in 2010, tenth in 2011, fifth in 2012, ninth in 2014, first in 2015 and sixth in 2016.

"Obviously, we would have loved to see a fully-fit Rory compete in the tournament, but we fully understand the situation and wish him a quick recovery," said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi.'

"As we understand, he is progressing very well with his rehabilitation and may soon return to golf which is a great news," he added.

"Rory is a much-loved and familiar face to fans in Dubai, having competed in the event for 10 times, the most the most number of times he has played anywhere in the world. We all will miss him and look forward to welcoming him next year," he said.

A two-time champion of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, McIlroy has great memories of the tournament where he made the cut for the first time in a European Tour event as a 17-year-old amateur in 2007 and where he secured his professional win two years later.

That victory marked the beginning of a remarkably prolific career for a golfer who has since conquered Europe and America and is a four-time Major Champion, a former World Number One and winner of the Ryder Cup three times in addition to winning several events on both sides of the Atlantic.

While McIlroy's absence is unfortunate, fans will have plenty to cheer about with leading European Tour players, including 10 of the 12 Ryder Cup team members, joining Tiger Woods in what promises to be an absorbing contest at the Majlis course.

Tickets are now on sale for the four-day Omega Dubai Desert Classic they can be bought online from the tournament website dubaidesertclassic.com

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is backed by OMEGA as the title sponsor and Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC as sponsor. The co-sponsors are: CNN, Drydocks World, Emirates NBD, Gulf News, JA Resorts & Hotels, Mercedes-Benz and wasl, while Dubai Duty Free, Neocasa Interiors and Motivate Publishing are the Patrons in golf in DUBAi's drive to showcase the emirate's vibrant golfing scene to a worldwide audience.