Rory McIlroy re-injures rib, faces decision about BMW PGA Championship, U.S. Open

Rory McIlroy shot a 75 on Sunday at the Players Championship to finish with a total of 2-over 290 for the week, which scored him a T35 finish. McIlroy noted early in the week that he thought he might have re-injured the rib he fractured earlier in the year.

After an MRI, he received both good and bad news on Monday.

"MRI scan confirmed no new injury, rather a low grade response to the rib joint I injured earlier this year," McIlroy said in a statement.

This is good because there is no new injury, but this is bad because it is clearly affecting his practice schedule and probably his on-course play as well. McIlroy noted that the pain this time around was about half of what it was back in January when he originally injured it. 

"I had the injury, and then I played a few, I played three out of four weeks or four out of five or whatever it was leading up to Augusta," McIlroy said last week. "Then I took a little bit of time off so my body adapted and got used to playing and practicing again. 

"I took three weeks off, and then I went back at it begin on Friday [before the Players] and instead of maybe gradually building it up again, I hit balls for four or five hours on Friday and did the same on Saturday. I felt a bit of stiffness on Sunday, hit a couple of drives that didn't feel quite right. So I maybe should have just taken it a bit easier over the weekend, but I was excited to get back, excited to get ready to play again and so maybe just being a little over keen was a detriment."

McIlroy is slated to play the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event, next week. He also revealed in that statement that he will decide at the beginning of next week whether he is "in a position to compete."

The U.S. Open starts in four weeks, and the major is something McIlroy won't want to miss.

CBS Sports Writer

Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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